Practice-Based Learning in CASL
Do you like to learn by doing?
Are your favorite courses the ones where learning comes alive?
Do you like working closely with faculty and classmates?
If so, then you need to know about CASL Practice-Based learning (PBL)!
What is Practice-Based Learning (PBL)?
Applying learning, learning by doing, working closely with classmates, being guided by faculty on projects; working on projects that allow you to tackle real problems; learning to communicate what you are learning to potential employers, or admissions committees.
Our goal - to develop skills that will help you succeed in the workplace.
Practice-Based Learning can be found in three places in CASL.
CPBL 100 level courses
This 100-level course is team-taught by two faculty from different disciplines, and is based on one of the four themes.
Students work together on an interdisciplinary project. The course also focuses on helping students to explore majors and careers in CASL.
PBL in your major or program
This will be identified using these categories:
At this level you will have the opportunity to develop basic problem-solving and decision-making skills. These courses will typically include smaller course assignments to provide you with practice in applying key concepts.
At this level you will have the opportunity to work with your classmates to apply course concepts to problems. These courses will typically include a project that builds throughout the semester.
At this level you will have the opportunity to engage with those outside of the campus community. These courses will typically include doing some work off campus, engaging with local neighborhoods, nonprofit organizations, business owners, or local government.
CPBL Capstone Course
This course is team-taught by two faculty from different disciplines. It is designed to allow students to continue developing their PBL skills. Students work together on an interdisciplinary project. The course also focuses on taking your PBL experiences in CASL and learning how to present them in resumes and interviews, and how to communicate them to employers.
Taking a CPBL 400-level capstone course will cover your DDC "Capstone" and "Intersections" requirements. View a sample course below!
This project will analyze prison policies and practices, and apply feminist and criminological theories to the modern prison system. Working in teams, students will critique and reimagine incarceration, as well as the systems of (in)justice, drawing upon transformative harm reduction, peacemaking criminology, and restorative justice models. Projects will vary each semester, ranging from the creation of digital and media content to live events and performances. Faculty from History and Criminology & Criminal Justice will teach this course. (Capstone Course)