Did you know about the new practical training and service learning opportunity offered by the Philosophy Department?
PHIL 2620 Philosophy for Children is on the books for Fall 2017. PHIL 2620 is a prerequisite for PHIL 3620, the practical training and service learning course, which will be offered in the Spring.
Here is the course description for PHIL 2620, which is being offered in the Fall:
"This course introduces students to doing philosophy with children. Students will learn about the diverse methodologies and existing practices of philosophy for children and young adults. Meanwhile, students will themselves be introduced to philosophical topics and questions of philosophy such as the nature of identity, value of work, or meaning of friendship through children's literature, thought experiments, interactive games, and use of artistic media. P4C methods focus on doing rather than studying philosophy: Students engage in philosophical thinking and learn to foster philosophical dialogue by developing a "community of inquiry" in which the participants are encouraged to ask questions, reflect on their intuitions, articulate reasons for their views and most importantly, listen and learn from each other."
This would be a good class for future elementary school teachers, for students who are interested in philosophical inquiry, and students looking for service learning opportunities.
If you are interested, we have three upcoming P4C and P4Teens sessions at the Southwest Library; all are welcome to attend/observe. More information can be found here.
Winners of California State University, Bakersfield’s 2017 Betty Creative Writing Awards were recognized during the recent Sigma Tau Delta Annual Induction and Awards Ceremony.
“We tend to forget that many of our English majors and minors are more than analysts of others’ writings,” said CSUB Religious Studies Professor Dr. Stafford Betty. “For me, there is hardly any feeling more rewarding than putting the right words around a good story, and I want our students to know that feeling.”
Presented annually through the generosity of Dr. Betty and co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and CSUB’s Department of English, the Betty Creative Writing Awards aim to honor and foster creative work from both undergraduate and graduate students currently attending CSUB and the CSUB Antelope Valley Center.
Students submit their original work in three separate categories: poetry, short story, and drama. All entries are judged anonymously by a volunteer screening committee consisting of CSUB English faculty who select three winners per category. “The work they carve out of their busy schedules makes my contribution minor by comparison,” said Dr. Betty.
Winners are as follows:
“Everywhere I look I see students and professors in the sciences and engineering being rewarded for their research. Fiction writers, playwrights, and poets? Never,” said Dr. Betty. “But the truth is that most creative writers research their stories in considerable depth before they sit down to write. I’m happy to reward them for their efforts.”
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