UM-Dearborn graduate course to use Metro Detroit as a “laboratory” this summer

April 21, 2006

DEARBORN / April 21, 2006---A new graduate-level course to be offered this summer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will use the metropolitan Detroit region as a “laboratory” for exploring the histories, values and physical spaces shaping area communities.

The course will meet three days per week, Tuesday through Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for the first three weeks of July. Students will work on a final project in the fourth week of the month.

“This intensive time frame for the course will allow opportunities for guest lectures and up to four field trips to Detroit area museums, historical centers and neighborhoods,” according to Liz Rohan, assistant professor of English at UM-Dearborn, who is teaching the course.

“The students’ own experiences as metro Detroiters will shape the overall focus of the course along with the readings, lectures, and tours of important sites in the region,” Rohan said. “The course will culminate in a mini-conference where students will share their research and exchange ideas about the area's past and potential future.”

The course has been planned as the introductory course for UM-Dearborn’s program that leads to a master of arts degree in liberal studies (MALS). “We have designed the accelerated schedule especially to appeal to teachers, but our MALS program has attracted a very diverse set of students over the years,” Rohan said. “It also seems that our MALS students have a great deal of interest and curiosity about Detroit and the surrounding communities, and we think this course will appeal to them as well.”

For more information about the course or UM-Dearborn’s master of arts in liberal studies program, call (313) 593-1183, or see



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