Welcome to University 222 – Living in a Changing World: Culture, Values and Perspectives,a course designed to study change in the world, as well as to model change on the Sonoma State campus. The subject matter is the impact of change in the world and the opportunities presented to us individuals and as society. The format is groundbreaking, not just at Sonoma State, but in the broader world of higher education.
Out of discussions on growth, quality, and collaboration at Sonoma State, the deans were inspired to take up the challenge themselves. With University 222, all seven deans from our academic schools, the library, and the Provost are collaborating to teach a multi-disciplinary experience for close to 750 students. The course is taught in the breath-taking Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, making this the first use of the hall as a “traditional” classroom.
Along with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the deans are applying best-practices in pedagogy, including blended instruction, with focused experiences to activate and individualize learning. In this one course students will learn with:
- One live case-study featuring Social Advocates for Youth and its executive director, Matt Martin
- One day of K-12 education volunteering
- Nine mini-concerts from Sonoma State performing arts students
- Three books, from Patti Smith to leadership topics to Anne Fadiman’s “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down”, and other targeted readings
- Four hours of experiential leadership training on SSU’s low ropes course
- 400 community members attending SSU’s Annual Economic Outlook Conference on the theme of game changers, being held in conjunction with the class, and
- A multitude of speakers, from Mark Wood – SVP at BioMarin and Kirk Pappas – Physician-in-Chief at Kaiser to Sandy Weill – financier and philanthropist and Tony McGee – founder of Lagunitas Brewing Company.
The course meets Monday and Wednesday, 8:00am - 9:50am.
For more information, please contact:
Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, Sonoma State University
Annemarie Brown, Director of Business and Marketing, School of Business and Economics