Curriculum and Instruction (CUI)
CUI 3055 Human Rights & Education (3 Credits)
Emphasis on human rights, both domestic and international, for the field of education; study of writings and research of leading educators encompassing concepts of human rights; focus on educational issues involving human rights, the Right of the Child, work of UNICEF, and implications of human rights for educational practice. Cross listed with CUI 4055.
CUI 3801 Current Issues in K-12 Education (3 Credits)
This course introduces prospective K-12 educators to the contemporary social, political, pedagogical and curricular context of schooling. Major areas of analysis and discussion will include: gender, social class, cultural competency, linguistically diverse education, funding, sexual orientation, educational policy, and diversity. The course will attempt a critical, reflective, and balanced view of schooling for the purpose of helping students develop the ability to interpret and respond to the challenges associated with teaching in modern schools. Coursework will be paired with a service-learning field experience in an urban educational setting characterized as linguistically and culturally diverse.
CUI 3802 Teacher Identity (3 Credits)
The most effective teachers combine the outer technical aspects of teaching (lesson plans, differentiated instruction, culturally responsive pedagogy, and content knowledge) with the inner non-technical elements (passion, heart, beliefs, and calling). In this course we examine the "inner-life" of the teacher with an emphasis on how understanding the themes of teacher selfhood impact the technical aspects of teaching. Key questions to examine include the following: How do the gifts, talents, and inner capacities of the teacher impact and influence communication and learning in the classroom; why do I teach; what will continue to fuel my passion for teaching; and what vision of the future do I hold for schools? Students should expect to complete 10-20 hours per week of service learning in area education settings.
CUI 3987 Spectator to Citizen: Community Organizing (2 Credits)
This course is the first course of the three-course sequence, "Spectator to Citizen," offered by the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL). This sequence is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop a set of public skills and a civic knowledge base that will allow them to actively participate in the public life of their communities. This course strongly encourages students of diverse backgrounds, politics and values to learn together, and from one another, in a safe and challenging learning environment. In this course, students learn about the history of community organizing in the United States and are provided with opportunities to learn and apply public skills, collect and produce knowledge that improves communities, and develop a collaborative and collective worldview across differences. In particular, students define their self-interest and individual public lives, build consensus across multiple perspectives, become experts on a community issue, and then bring this issue back out into the community for dialogue and possibly action. Cross-listed with AH 2580, SS 2580.
CUI 3988 Spectator to Citizen: Denver Urban Issues and Policy (2 Credits)
This course is the second course of the three-course sequence, "Spectator to Citizen," offered by the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL). This sequence is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop a set of public skills and a civic knowledge base that will allow them to actively participate in the public life of their communities. This course strongly encourages students of diverse backgrounds, politics and values to learn together, and from one another, in a safe and challenging learning environment. As citizens of the City of Denver, it is our responsibility and right to investigate important issues and be involved in developing a city that betters the lives of the people in our communities. We do this through a community organizing model that includes; research, immersion, and learning of the powers, structures and stakeholders necessary to live in any democratic community, here in Denver or around the globe. Students perform both traditional and community-based research necessary to understand Denver's current issues and policy. Cross-listed with AH 2581, SS 2581.
CUI 3989 Spectator to Citizen: School-Based Civic Engagement (2 Credits)
This course is the final course of the three-course sequence, "Spectator to Citizen," offered by the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL). This course provides opportunities for students to engage with a Denver Public School (or urban youth organization) in a meaningful way that will challenge students to think about how our public schools are preparing students to be effective citizens. We also examine the role that universities and communities can and should play in the education process. Students are expected to take a critical look at their own education experience and compare this experience with the education experience of those with whom the student will be working with for the quarter. This course is arranged as a 10-week community learning project. Several classes take place in the community at one of our partner schools. Classes also include group discussions and activities based on the assigned class topic and readings along with your experience in the schools. Cross-listed with AH 2582, SS 2582.
CUI 3990 Service Learning in Community (1-4 Credits)
This course provides students with the opportunity to serve in the community and to reflect on their service experiences in a classroom setting through structured and meaningful reflection sessions. Students will examine a variety of topics, including the nature and significance of service-learning, motives for service, community action as a means for positive social change, and the relationship between service-learning, social justice, and civic responsibility. Cross-listed with AH 3580, SS 3580.
CUI 3991 Independent Study (1-10 Credits)
CUI 3992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)
CUI 3995 Urban Education (5 Credits)
Historical, political and sociological influences that shape and socially construct urban schools. Characteristics, opportunities, and needs of students in urban schools and examples of current effective practice.
CUI 3996 Urban Youth Development (5 Credits)
This course examines urban youth development from several perspectives, including the social-psychological, the cognitive/creative, the physical and health-related, and the philosophical. Cross listed with CUI 3996.