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Establishing A Great Books Curriculum
What follows aims to provide:
"Choices," "suggestions" and "possible" are words deliberately chosen, for they reflect the values at the heart of this work. For a Great Books Curriculum to work, faculty have to come together voluntarily - not compulsorily - and collaborate collegially on the contours and dimensions of their program, and see how it best meets the needs of students and themselves in their particular institution. While there are common elements in the Great Books Curricula of the partner institutions in the National Great Books Curriculum Academic Community, there are also differences, as one would hope in an enterprise where there is no attempt to create a "one size fits all" set of commandments.
Overview: Common Elements of Partner Institutionsí Great Books Curricula
Establishing a Great Books Curriculum and Setting Realistic Goals
"Setting Realistic Goals in a New Academic Curriculum"
by Dr. Herman Sinaiko, professor of humanities at the University of Chicago and head evaluator for the FIPSE National Great Books Curriculum Community Project.
"Establishing a Community College Great Books Curriculum: An Administrative Perspective"
by Dr. Don Barshis, former dean of instruction at Wright College and cofounder of the Wright College Great Books Curriculum.
A Brief History of the Great Books Idea
by Tim Lacy, a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at Loyola University of Chicago. This piece deals with various aspects of his forthcoming doctoral dissertation, "Making a Democratic Culture: The Great Books Idea, Mortimer J. Adler, and Twentieth-Century America."
Choosing a Program Structure
More Formal: Shimer College
Shimer College: Reflections on Teaching a Structured Four Year Curriculum
By Kathleen Mullaney
Shimer College Syllabi and Modules
More Informal: Wright College
Wright College Great Books Curriculum Mission and Policies
Wright College Great Books Draft Academic Year Calendar
Sample Wright College Great Books Committee Structure
Sample Great Books Course Schedule Listing
Choosing a Teaching Approach
Teaching Through Shared Inquiry by Donald Whitfield
Teaching a Modified Shared Inquiry Pedagogy by Professor Kathleen Mullaney
Teaching Great Books: The Triage Approach by Bruce Gans
Arapahoe Community College
Oakton Community College
Santa Barbara City College
Harold Washington College
Publicizing a Great Books Curriculum
Publicizing the Great Books Curriculum and its courses and events serves very important functions. Among them are:
How to Do It and How Much It Costs
Flyers, newsletters, and posters need not be a major cost. At the Wright College Great Books Curriculum, materials were generated using Microsoft Publisher and copied in quantities through the college photocopy department. The expenses were in ink cartridges and the time involved in creation and distribution. A variety of sample efforts can be fou nd in the Tools section.