CC 455 A - Inquiry in the Liberal Arts

3 Credits 
Professor Smith
Thursday 8:00-9:50 am and one hour each Monday morning

Senior standing required. Consent of the Dean and Instructor are required.
For approved seniors, this course may count as a CC 300 level seminar.

The “TA Course” provides selected CC seniors a unique opportunity for both teaching and learning. As more advanced and mature students, the Tutorial Assistants are well equipped to introduce first year students to foundational liberal arts texts as well as to the general atmosphere and expectations of Christ College. As students about to complete their undergraduate careers, seniors have an opportunity to return to some texts they read as freshmen, as well as some new texts, and reconsider them in light of their acquired skills and knowledge. Through the preparation for teaching these texts TAs engage more deeply with these fundamental liberal arts thinkers and think more deeply about the overall CC experience itself.

Each TA works with a small group of freshmen on Monday mornings introducing them to the text under consideration. The TAs meet with Professor Smith as a group for discussion of the texts and pedagogical strategies the previous Thursday/Friday. Each TA is responsible for a weekly written preparation of the discussion questions assigned for Monday’s class, and for a self-evaluation of the semester. TAs also comment and grade freshman paragraphs each week. TAs will receive evaluations from their freshmen at the end of the semester.

Course readings:
• All Freshman Program Fall Texts:
• Brookfield, Stephen, and Stephen Preskill. Discussion As a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999. [from the CC office]