Nov. 30, 2011
Two courses in Appalachian studies are being offered at Shawnee State University spring semester.
One class is "Introduction to Appalachian Studies" (EDUC2295.51) to familiarize students with the history, culture, society and economics of the Appalachian region.
The course will provide students with a broader understanding of the history and present state of the Appalachian region, placing Appalachia in a regional, national and international context.
Students will gain an understanding of cultural competency and be able to discuss Appalachia in its cultural meaning to insiders and outsiders. The course will contextualize the theories of Appalachian ontology and its relationships in a postmodern world.
The course will also familiarize the student with the socio-economic status of Appalachia past and present, providing background for developmental policy and projects.
The second class is "Sustainability in Appalachia" (EDUC2295.02), which seeks to identify sustainable actions in the areas of the environment, human development and the economy in an Appalachian context.
Course objectives are to understand the concepts of sustainability, place and development. Students will learn to identify some sustainable and unsustainable actions that exist in the region; to produce a critical understanding of development in the region; to relate Appalachia to other regions; to develop some sustainable actions that are regionally centered and examine government's role in sustainable development.
Each course is three credit hours. Dr. James Addington will be teaching the courses. Anyone can take the course and the only pre-requisite (for each class) is English 1105.
To register for classes, go to the Office of the Registrar located in the University Center, second floor, open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information, contact the office at (740) 351-3471 or go online to http://www.shawnee.edu/off/reg/index.html.