The Syllabus–Getting Back to Basics

Over at the blog for the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Stacie Swain has done the important work of interrogating the construction of the syllabus.

Creating the syllabus is a standard practice in higher education. But little thought goes into actually discussing how to do it. And when those conversations do happen, one supposed tried-and-true practice gets presented as “the way.”

Swain put out the question on Facebook and let colleagues weigh in. She gathered responses and presented them in their variety. So you’ll get me talking about backward design next to someone talking about the importance of the unfinished responsive syllabus. The collection is great and worth a look.

Want to talk more about thinking through the syllabus? We have a few posts on the subject here at Sowing the Seed.

Richard Newton, PhD is curator of Sowing the Seed and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at  Elizabethtown College. His scholarship focuses on the anthropology of scriptures. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @seedpods

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