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University of Utah    
 
    
 
  Nov 17, 2017
 
2016-2017 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BlockU Program



Take full advantage of your time at the University of Utah by enrolling in our BlockU program. Courses are organized thematically to maximize your learning and they are selected in a way to create flexibility in your personal schedule. You will be working in a learning community of excellent teachers, peer mentors, and peer advocates, all of whom are dedicated to your success. Completing two consecutive semesters of a BlockU may complete all of your General Education requirements.

Arts & Advocacy

Artists and social activists have joined forces to become powerful teams for changing our world. In this BlockU, students will explore the role and use of the arts in effective social, political, and environmental advocacy. Students will learn how to partner artistic expression with effective strategies of on-the-ground community organizing. If you want to channel your creativity to change the collective consciousness and impact the institutions, organizations, and communities that shape and inform our lives, you will love this BlockU.

Your BlockU experience is designed to help you be successful taking 15 credit hours per semester - which will help you finish your degree sooner! In many cases, participating in two consecutive BlockU semesters will clear your General Education requirements. You will be enrolled in a small learning community course and two additional required courses. These courses are taught by exceptional faculty who will help you integrate your learning experiences. You will have access to peer mentors, a dedicated advisor, a dedicated librarian, and a student success advocate.

To learn more about BlockU or to schedule an appointment with the Arts & Advocacy BlockU Advisor, please contact Terest Pratt at tpratt@uc.utah.edu.

Fall Semester
Spring Semester

 

*For information on preselected courses for the current year, please visit the BlockU Website: http://blocku.utah.edu/

Entrepreneurship & Society

The purpose of this highly interactive and collaborative course is to help you build a solid entrepreneurial foundation. We take a conceptual look at entrepreneurship as a phenomenon, i.e. investigate entrepreneurship from a theoretical and historical perspective, learn what is, why it exists, and how it has shaped evolution of society. We analyze the processes and behaviors of innovative entrepreneurs like Warby Parker and Tesla and how they have generated unique solutions to problems facing society. We help you create your entrepreneurial opportunities through leveraging your personal interests, skills, and social network.

Your BlockU experience is designed to help you be successful taking 15 credit hours per semester - which will help you finish your degree sooner! In many cases, participating in two consecutive BlockU semesters will clear your General Education requirements. You will be enrolled in a small learning community course and two additional required courses. These courses are taught by exceptional faculty who will help you integrate your learning experiences. You will have access to peer mentors, a dedicated advisor, a dedicated librarian, and a student success advocate.

To learn more about BlockU or to schedule an appointment with the Entrepreneurship & Society BlockU Advisor, please contact Terest Pratt at tpratt@uc.utah.edu.

Fall Semester
Spring Semester

*For information on preselected courses for the current year, please visit the BlockU Website: http://blocku.utah.edu/

Families and Health

Health is often considered an individual-level experience or outcome, but one’s health cannot be uncoupled from the family. Not only do families provide each of us with genetic material that determines health risks and outcomes, families also share a culture, environment, and lifestyle that influence health and wellness. Furthermore, families are integral emembers of the health care team as managers, caregivers, advocates, and financiers of health. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this BlockU will explore how families can promote health and well-being, how they help manage chronic illnesses, and how these family-based strategies vacy across developmental life stages. Students in this BlockU program will work in groups on one of several community-based projects focused on nutrition, movement, or a creative book project.

Your BlockU experience is designed to help you be successful taking 15 credit hours per semester - which will help you finish your degree sooner! In many cases, participating in two consecutive BlockU semesters will clear your General Education requirements. You will be enrolled in a small learning community course and two additional required courses. These courses are taught by exceptional faculty who will help you integrate your learning experiences. You will have access to peer mentors, a dedicated advisor, a dedicated librarian, and a student success advocate.

To learn more about BlockU or to schedule an appointment with the Families & Health BlockU Advisor, please contact Terese Pratt at tpratt@uc.utah.edu.

Fall Semester
Spring Semester

*For information on preselected courses for the current year, please visit the BlockU Website: http://blocku.utah.edu/

Global Citizenship

From healthcare and human rights to the environment, from art and popular culture to social media, participation in the world today is a global act with global consequences. By virtue of your University education each one of you has an opportunity to understand the global footprint of your citizenship-both the rights and the responsibilities that come with living as a human citizen of the planet among its people, its creatures, and its resources. If you are someone interested in having and managing global impact, this BlockU is your General Education program.

Your BlockU experience is designed to help you be successful taking 15 credit hours per semester - which will help you finish your degree sooner! In many cases, participating in two consecutive BlockU semesters will clear your General Education requirements. You will be enrolled in a small learning community course and two additional required courses. These courses are taught by exceptional faculty who will help you integrate your learning experiences. You will have access to peer mentors, a dedicated advisor, a dedicated librarian, and a student success advocate.

To learn more about BlockU or to schedule an appointment with the Global Citizenship BlockU Advisor, please contact Terese Pratt at tpratt@uc.utah.edu.

Fall Semester
Spring Semester

*For information on preselected courses for the current year, please visit the BlockU Website: http://blocku.utah.edu/

Health, Food, & Social Justice

Food is a universal necessity in life. Yet, the ways in which food is produced, distributed, prepared and consumed widely varies according to location, culture, and income. Food practices significantly impact environmental, social and physical health in ways that are also highly variable. While the options for creating a more sustaina-ble food system are being debated at many levels, in this BlockU you will be able to be actively engaged in creating a more sustainable and equitable food system in Salt Lake City. By partnering with local organizations working to grow food and community, you will directly influence the sustainability of our local “foodshed.” We will examine a variety of issues, ranging from the diversity of food movements, to the environmental impacts of agriculture, to the cultural influences that affect sustainable food practices. This will provide you with a grasp of the challenges and opportunities this issue presents and afford you the chance to create viable solutions. If you’re interested in progressively shaping local food movements, the environment, and our community, this BlockU will help you develop the perspectives and practical skills necessary to do just that.

Your BlockU experience is designed to help you be successful taking 15 credit hours per semester - which will help you finish your degree sooner! In many cases, participating in two consecutive BlockU semesters will clear your General Education requirements. You will be enrolled in a small learning community course and two additional required courses. These courses are taught by exceptional faculty who will help you integrate your learning experiences. You will have access to peer mentors, a dedicated advisor, a dedicated librarian, and a student success advocate.

To learn more about BlockU or to schedule an appointment with the Health Food & Social Justice BlockU Advisor, please contact Terese Pratt at tpratt@uc.utah.edu.

Fall Semester
Spring Semester

*For information on preselected courses for the current year, please visit the BlockU Website: http://blocku.utah.edu/

Medical Humanities

What’s normal? Are you normal? Medicine traditionally draws a clear line between the healthy and the diseased, the able and the disabled, the normal and the abnormal. These traditional dichotomies are being challenged by science and culture. In the Medical Humanities BlockU we will discuss specific cases and embed them in larger questions about normalcy: What is normal and abnormal? And what does science and the humanities have to say about the matter? How can (or should) medicine intervene on the “abnormal”? And who decides on such interventions?

Your BlockU experience is designed to help you be successful taking 15 credit hours per semester - which will help you finish your degree sooner! In many cases, participating in two consecutive BlockU semesters will clear your General Education requirements. You will be enrolled in a small learning community course and two additional required courses. These courses are taught by exceptional faculty who will help you integrate your learning experiences. You will have access to peer mentors, a dedicated advisor, a dedicated librarian, and a student success advocate.

To learn more about BlockU or to schedule an appointment with the Medical Humanities BlockU Advisor, please contact Terese Pratt at tpratt@uc.utah.edu.

Fall Semester
Spring Semester

*For information on preselected courses for the current year, please visit the BlockU Website: http://blocku.utah.edu/

Privacy & Surveillance

We now live in an era of around-the-clock surveillance where our daily communications, activities and movements are tracked, stored and analyzed by government and businesses on a scale never before imagined. The digitization of information, the ascendance of Big Data analytics, the growth of behavioral marketing and the increasingly sophisticated tracking technologies have combined to fundamentally alter our concept of personal privacy. If you want to understand and explore the privacy challenges of the Digital Age then this Block U is for you.

Your BlockU experience is designed to help you be successful taking 15 credit hours per semester - which will help you finish your degree sooner! In many cases, participating in two consecutive BlockU semesters will clear your General Education requirements. You will be enrolled in a small learning community course and two additional required courses. These courses are taught by exceptional faculty who will help you integrate your learning experiences. You will have access to peer mentors, a dedicated advisor, a dedicated librarian, and a student success advocate.

To learn more about BlockU or to schedule an appointment with the Privacy & Surveillance BlockU Advisor, please contact Terese Pratt at tpratt@uc.utah.edu.

Fall Semester
Spring Semester