Our Courses

The Swearer Center develops and teaches courses that offer students the chance to explore their interest in social change both in and outside of the classroom.

Spring 2015 Courses

Community, Language and Literacy: A Practicum (ETHN1900B-S01)
Wednesdays, 3:00pm - 5:30pm

This course examines adult language and literacy learning and approaches to teaching in community settings. It is designed to support students' work teaching language and literacy to immigrant adults. Working with the Swearer Center and its community partners students will explore theories informing educational practice, and will gain skills and practice in providing language and literacy instruction to adult learners in the community. This practicum specifically addresses issues of language acquisition, acculturation, and broader contexts framing adult education. 

Leading Social Ventures - Social Entrepreneurship in Action (PPAI1701Q-S01)
Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 6:20pm

Intractable social problems across the globe demand new, impactful solutions. Social entrepreneurs, driven by passion to change the world, fuse social missions and savvy business practices to create enterprises that solve these complex challenges. Leading Social Ventures is designed for students who are leading social ventures or aspire to create and lead them. "Action learning" means students will apply educational content to a specific venture in the early stage of development. Students will work on a venture that they have created or select an existing early-stage venture among provided choices. 

Learning About Learning: Classrooms in Context (EDUC0950-S01)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm - 5:20pm 
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This course aims to provide a pedagogical and sociopolitical context for Brown students as they work as volunteers in the Providence Public schools. Through sharing of volunteer placement experiences, the in-class practice of methods, academic inquiry, analysis and reflection, students will develop their understanding of strategies and perspectives that will both improve their effectiveness as volunteers and develop their ability to thoughtfully enter the national dialogue on improving urban schools.

Send an email to Betsy_Shimberg@brown.edu to add your name
to the waitlist; students will be selected from the waitlist by application.

Social Entrepreneurship (PPAI1910-S01)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am - 10:20am

This course introduces students to social innovation and social entrepreneurship and engages then in identifying significant issues, problems, tools, strategies and models that drive bold solutions to complex contemporary problems. Students understand the competencies that are needed to be transformative social entrepreneurs. The course emphasizes how enterprises are created and sustained. Submit your application by 5pm on January 23, 2015 here: http://bit.ly/1oVwAD4. You must attend the first class on January 22, 2015. Accepted students will be notified on January 26. Students who do not attend class on January 27 will forfeit their spot in the class.