PANEL & ROUNDTABLE: Teaching Introductory Identity Based and Social Justice Courses: Challenges and Successes (40 mins)
In this workshop, participants will have space and gain insight on best practices, challenges, and successes that faculty in interdisciplinary, social justice related disciplines have had in crafting basic level (100-200) courses. While larger disciplines have professional development opportunities and scholarship to look to in their curriculum development, there is very little SOTL work that focuses on the basic level social justice course. Faculty from Women and Gender Studies and Integrative Studies will discuss their experiences teaching 100 and 200 level gateway and Mason Core courses with class sizes of 20-40 and their challenges and successes in creating safe, engaging, inclusive and fun spaces for students. The faculty present will discuss their experiences teaching WMST 100: Global Representations of Women; WMST 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies; WMST 208: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies; and INTS 101: Narratives of Identity. Faculty will provide activities and assignments that have worked for them through multiple iterations of their courses as well as how some assignments are grounded in feminist pedagogies. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and create specific activities for their students based on the content they are presented with from their facilitator team. This roundtable will also be a space for participants to discuss their own challenges and success in teaching these types of courses through dialogue and learning by doing activities.