Courses aim to strengthen students’ civil discourse skills through the study of contentious social issues from a variety of perspectives. The courses support students’ growth to become civically-engaged, fair-minded leaders in the community who practice and model civil discourse. For more detailed information about our course offerings, please contact the Center at [email protected].
IDS 150 (1 credit)
Dialogue Across Difference
Professor Lisa M. Perhamus, PhD
Offered Winter 2024 and both fall and winter terms thereafter
This introductory course will consider a variety of social issue topics as it examines how to have difficult conversations with people whose perspective differs from one’s own. Using the tools and concepts of civil discourse, this conversational course will provide students with the knowledge-base and skill-set to navigate the current climate of polarization and divisiveness, with a particular emphasis on the role of dialogue in fostering caring relationships, building sustainable communities, and envisioning inclusive futures where people with all different worldviews are heard and understood.
IDS 350 (3 credits)
Bridging Divides Through Dialogue
Professor Greg Warsen, PhD
Offered Winter 2024
How did we reach a state where school board meetings became shouting matches? This course considers how we can each make public education a place where dialogue builds community rather than division. Through interactive activities and discussion, we examine how people have become polarized and what we can do about it.