Deliberative Pedagogy

“In contested spaces across the globe, a new model of teaching and learning is emerging in higher education. This approach goes well beyond the old, passive instructional paradigm that asks students to be consumers of their education, instead creating space for participants to be co-creators of their own learning through deliberative conversations. It also goes beyond the ‘active learning’ strategies that have become more robust in recent years. While it includes a diversity of methods, the model we term deliberative pedagogy encompasses a common commitment that sets it apart from other approaches: a connection between education and democracy.”

Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement, xix

Civic and Interfaith Studies Course Sequence

The Civic and Interfaith Studies course sequence is a collaborative effort among Spirituality and Public Life, the Leadership Academy, the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC), the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, and the School of Education

These courses are offered to any Baylor student – regardless of religious or non-religious affiliation – who wants to learn more about civic, intercultural, and interfaith literacy and leadership. 

One course is offered in the Fall through the BIC and one is offered in the Spring through the School of Education.

  • Fall: Religion and Public Life
  • Spring: Interfaith Leadership (Leadership minor)

In addition to innovative classroom experiences, these courses also provide co-curricular programming for students interested in expanding their coursework into practice.

Religion and Public Life is co-taught by Dr. Mike Whitenton of the BIC and Dr. Josh Ritter of Spirituality and Public Life

Interfaith Leadership is co-taught by Dr. Holly Oxhandler of the School of Social Work and Dr. Josh Ritter of Spirituality and Public Life

Funding for this course sequence is provided by Interfaith Youth Core Innovation Grant - Healing the Heart of American Democracy

Public Deliberation Initiative

Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative is a departmental program of Spirituality & Public Life sponsored by The Office of Spiritual Life with the support of the advisory board composed of Baylor staff, faculty, and community members.