Lamar University’s English 2300 courses are taking an original approach by instituting the use of monsters, robots, clones and chickens to instigate critical thinking in a new approach to ethics.
“We’ve been really liberal in creating courses that benefit not only our own students, but a lot of others at Lamar,” chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages Jim Sanderson said.
Marleen Swerdlow, the director of general business and the online BBA that is offered through Academic Partnerships, also commented on the different style of learning.
“Its unique to be able to take an English course that breaks away from what you’ve been doing ever since you were in elementary school,” she said. “You’re not covering the same materials in the same way.”
In the fall semester of 2014, the Texas Core Curriculum changed, bringing about changes that forced students studying engineering and business to compete for limited spaces in ethics courses. However, the update to the curriculum allowed for more courses at the university, which provided faculty members with the chance to create new classes for students in both majors. The result is the unorthodox classes.