The purpose of this DCI program is to create opportunities for students in diverse classroom settings to productively engage with one another on difficult issues on which they may disagree.
It supports faculty members interested in incorporating deliberation into their classes by organizing workshops, hosting discussion groups, and publicizing deliberation-involved courses.
The overview document for this program, Deliberation Across the Curriculum, describes the rationale behind classroom deliberation, explores the connections between discussion, deliberation, and the liberal arts, and maps out how a deliberative process might play out in a curricular setting. It also introduces the DCI’s plan to create a Deliberation Across the Curriculum (DAC) Cooperative, which would include faculty members interested in learning about deliberative practices and supporting each others’ efforts to introduce them into their courses.
The DCI has also developed a companion document, DCI Pathways to Deliberation in the Classroom, that further explores why deliberation is relevant to courses across the liberal arts curriculum. It also identifies three specific ways faculty can incorporate deliberation into their courses — by adding “deliberation modules” to existing syllabi, by developing “deliberation-involved courses,” or by creating “deliberation-focused courses.” The DCI is available to help faculty implement any of these options.
Sign-up below for updates on upcoming opportunities to learn more about incorporating deliberation in the classroom. If you have ideas about how to do so or are a faculty member interested in creating a deliberation-involved course or would like to participate in the DAC Cooperative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to learn more about the DCI’s Deliberation on Campus Program, click here.