Arts Pedagogy Research and Innovation Laboratory

Sapere Aude: Close Reading in a Large Sociology Lecture

Professor Richard Westerman bypasses textbooks and gets 60 2nd year students engaging the original texts of classical sociological theorists. Find out how he gets his students reading -- and learning to "think for themselves."

CSL Grant Deadlines

Are you considering or planning a Community Service Learning component for your fall classes? If so, you can apply for support funding. The CSL Small Grant Fund (Application Deadline May 22, 2015) can help with special expenses. You may also apply for the CSL Instructor Support program if you are a novice CSL instructor or teaching a large class. The ISP provides partial funding for a Teaching Assistant. The application deadline for this funding is May 11, 2015. Consult the CSL Grants page for details and application forms. 

More Project Based Learning!

This past winter term, APRIL Director Jana Grekul tried a project based learning format for the first time with her 4th year criminology class, Sociology of Punishment. Read about the experiences of Jana and her students in this feature in Faculty of Arts' Work of Arts magazine.

Music and Musicians Bring Sociology to Life


Assistant Professor Ken Caine brings live music into class to make social problems more meaningful to students. Find out how Ken uses songs lyrics, and face-to-face engagement with local musicians to awaken students' sociological imagination.


"Performing" the Lecture

Learn how professor Eve-Marie Morin brought lessons learned from her near-career as a classical pianist to engage students in a large first year philosophy class.