INVST Community Studies
Check out our updated list of Fall 2013 courses!
INVST Community Studies offers a collection of academic classes designed
to complement each other in developing CU-Boulder students as engaged
citizens and future leaders. All INVST Community Studies courses educate,
equip and inspire students in distinct ways. Each course has Curriculum
Essentials that identify the specific knowledge, skills and experiences
that we promise to fulfill.
In each course, students will experience a sense of community in the
classroom. We limit our course enrollment so that we can enhance
connections among students, deepen opportunities for learning and be responsible
to the Community Partners we're
FALL 2013 COURSES ARE HERE! Below is the list of academic classes open to all students this spring:
INVS 1000: Responding to Social and Environmental Problems through Service Learning
By integrating theory with required community service, students explore
how problems are shaped by cultural values
and how alternative value paradigms affect the definition of problems in areas such as education and the environment.
Students examine different approaches to solving problems and begin to envision new possibilities.
Approved for Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum: Ideals and Values. This is a 4 credit course taught by Sabrina
Sideris, MA on Wednesdays, 3-5:30 pm in MUEN 431.
INVS 2919/EDUC 2919: Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools
INVS 3302/WMST 3302 Section 800: Facilitating Peaceful Community Change
This service-learning course will change your life! Examines concepts of citizenship,
democracy, power, and diversity through classroom discussions and participation in a local Public Achievement project. through commmunity-based partnerships,
students will develop leadership skills; dialogue with diverse groups of people; identify multiple perspectives around controversial issues; and learn to use research
and writing to articulate public problems and advocate for their solutions. Same as EDUC 2919.
Recommended prereqs., INVST CLP courses or INVST Community Studies electives. Approved for School of Education Minor and Arts
and Sciences Core Curriculum: Human Diversity. Taught by Elaina Verveer, MA. on Mondays, 1 - 2:30pm and 2:55 - 4:25pm in Education 341.
May be repeated for up to 6 credits.
Students gain knowledge and skills that enable them to become effective facilitators of community goals.
Focuses on understanding the processes of community building with multicultural emphasis. Students are encouraged to
apply concepts of life experiences and to examine themselves as potential change agents. Focus on food justice, sustainability,
activism and multicultural social justice. Same as WMST 3302.
This 3 credit course on Wednesdays, 3-5:30pm in KTCH 301.
INVS 4402 Section 800: Nonviolent Social Movements
Explores theories of democracy and development in relation to movements for nonviolent social change. Focuses on
means and ends, spirituality, leadership, decision-making, civil society and decentralized power.
This is a 3 credit course taught by David Meens ono Wednesdays 3 - 5:30pm in CLRE 104
Here is a list of other courses offered throughout the academic school year.
INVS 1513: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: ELECTIONS AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Designed to educate students about electoral politics, this course explores why people participate in electoral politics and who they choose to support.
Students develop the practical skills necessary to participate successfully in the electoral process.
Through a service component, the course offers students experience working on a campaign and mobilizing others to vote. This is a 3 credit course.
INVS 3000: INNOVATIVE APPROACHES
TO CONTEMPORARY ISSUES THROUGH SERVICE LEARNING
course explores creative approaches for solving complex social and
environmental issues, with a focus on peace and population. Students
analyze the root causes of issues in theoretical and historical contexts,
and develop their understanding of effective and innovative approaches
to change. This course has a requirement of community service. Approved
for Arts and Sciences core curriculum: Contemporary Societies. Recommended:
INVS 3100: MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP: THEORIES,
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
This course focuses on leadership
theories and skills necessary for effectiveness in multicultural
settings. Students gain understanding of traditional
and culturally diverse approaches to leadership and change through comparative
analyses of western and non-western theories and practices. Community
service required. Same as ETHN 3200. Approved
for Arts and Sciences core curriculum: Cultural and Gender Diversity. Recommended: Upper-division
INVS 3304: HUMAN RIGHTS: PROMOTION AND PROTECTION, AN NGO PERSPECTIVE
Explores the world of international human rights with a focus on the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the evolution of human rights ideologies,
social structures, technologies and strategies. Students examine the inter-relatedness and inter-dependence of human rights, and the work of non-governmental organizations
as related to other institutions of civil society, national governments, and international bodies.
Recommended prereq., INVS 1000, or instructor consent.
INVS 3402 (4033): IMPLEMENTING SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
course examines grassroots democracy as a means for creating comprehensive,
solution-based strategies to address social and environmental problems. Students
develop an understanding of the use of democracy for positive social
change, identify how changes are initiated within movements, and learn
the theory and practice of effective and responsible change efforts.
INVS 4041: THE CREATIVE SELF
to the creative process that fosters experimentation outside of conventional
patterns of thinking and expression, and explores the use of imagination
and creative thinking in problem-solving, writing, and art. Same as SOCY 4041. Prereqs. SOCY 1001 and either SOCY
2001, 3001 or 3011, or instructor consent.
INVS 4302: CRITICAL THINKING IN DEVELOPMENT
course requires students to critically evaluate explanations, presented
in assigned or optional readings or in student papers, on the success
or failure of development. Learners look at policy proposals for
facilitating development. Prerequisite: ECON 2010 and
2020, PSCI 2012 and one upper-division PSCI, or instructor consent. Same
as PSCI 4732 and similar to PSCI 4012. Approved for Arts and Sciences
core curriculum: Critical Thinking or Contemporary Societies.
Some of the curricular content of the INVST Community Leadership Program is based upon the work of Seana Lowe Steffen, Ph.D.,
Contact Melissa Rubin by calling 303-492-7719 to ask questions
about course registration.