Watershed Process Objectives Spring 2012
- Develop a analytical, personal, and enduring understanding of the foundations of political thought and action in the information age,
- Develop deep literacy skills of written, oral, and internet based communication using national and international standards,
- Develop an ability to read and interpret complex texts and communicate an understanding of them effectively,
- Collaborate effectively with a broad range of individuals both local, regional and international,
- Develop creativity, independence and organization,
- Engage in a major networked learning project.
Research Section One
- Through a deep analysis and synthesis of works, the participant will gain an understanding of foundational thought and the prevalent designs of human social organization.
- Individual will work to develop a conceptual framework for understanding human political history and its relationship to the contemporary world.
Research Section Two
- Understand the basic frameworks of "information" and how information flow impacts contemporary re-allignments in politics and philosophy.
- Participants will build on their foundations in intellectual study as they are introduced to the ecology the information world
- Participants will work to discover both the interconnection and divide in contemporary human social organization while they interpret the concepts of information, media, culture and ideology in the 20th and 21st century.
- Participants will engage in Participatory Research through multiple design projects.
Watershed Weekly Sequence Objectives
- Substantial reading can happen over weekend, week day classes can be spent unpacking reading, discussion, creation of projects, blogs, videos etc..
- Background for each weekend reading will be discussed before it occurs, know the time period, history, work, etc.. (This can either be done with mentor or by the student alone)
- Analytical Summary of notes will be discussed in class with mentor...this is to make sure the student is getting the most out of the reading and their note-taking...Academic notes may be posted online
- Each Reading may require a reading response of student's choice, this is less critical and can be switched or morphed per mentor decision
- Each or selected reading will require a public student summary project at the end of each week, paper, vlog, or other.