CPSP 118C - FALL 1998
MONDAYS 3:15-4:45 PM

        The Colloquium, in addition to being a required course in your program, is the only time first-year Advocates meet on a regular basis, therefore it is essential that students attend class. The Collquium is the focal point of our program's academic and extra-curricular activities.


1. Service Learning component. Participate in a "Service Learning" experience, either directly or indirectly contributing to children's needs or well-being, which should consist of at least 20 hours of work.

2. Participate in two field trips.

3. Give individual presentations on assigned issues. (see next section)


        Students will indicate their preference for either Group A or Group B; each group will have approximately 35-40 students. It may be necessary to shift students to achieve similar-sized groups. Once the groups are formed, the instructor will arbitrarily divide each group into two teams (Team 1 and 2) in order to divide responsibility in preparation before class.

        The Group A class meets on:  Sept. 21; Oct. 5, 19; Nov. 2, 16, 30.

        The Group B class meets on:  Sept. 28; Oct. 12, 26; Nov. 9, 23; Dec. 7.

        Students must attend class for the group to which they were assigned. It will be disruptive for students to attend classes out of thier assigned group. The groups are being formed in order to make class size more manageable and to provide more interaction among students and with the instructor. In addition, the reduction in class attendance gives more flexibility in the service learning requirement.

        In a class of 90 minutes (3:15 - 4:45), four of the issues from Taking Sides will be presented and discussed (see course outline). While students are expected to have read the assigned materials by the scheduled dates, Team 1 will always be responsible for emphasizing the first two issues that appear on the outline for a given date. Team 2 will be responsible for the second two issues. This requirement is to stimulate more informed participation and possible assistance to the individual students who will be presenting.

        Individual Presentations. Each issue will have 2 students who will present material related to the issue as found in the text and from examples or illustrations of related material. These presentations (five minutes per student) should emphasize the most significant or helpful portions of the essays; both yes/no or agree/disagree; and, some criticism of the essays if warranted.

        Students will sign-up for the issue that interests them, on a first-come, first-serve basis with the instructor; students can be from any team.

Sept. 21 (Group A) ... Sept. 28 (Group B)

Issue 2: Are Gender Differences Rooted in the Brain?
                                 Presentation by 2 students ... 10 minutes.
                                 Group Comments, especially by Team 1 ... 10 minutes.

Issue 3: Should Hospitals ... Early Discharge for Newborns?
                                 Presentation by 2 students ... 10 minutes.
                                 Group Comments, especially by Team 1 ... 10 minutes.

Issue 4: Should Children at Risk for Abuse Remain with their Families?
                                 Presentation by 2 students ... 10 minutes.
                                 Group Comments, especially by Team 2 ... 10 minutes.

Issue 17: Can Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse be Recovered?
                                 Presentation by 2 students ... 10 minutes.
                                 Group Comments, especially by Team 1 ... 10 minutes.

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