AUx1 Course Overview

Through classroom discussions, assignments, and office hours, AUx1 provides a place for students to build academic skills for college success; learn about issues of privilege and bias; and explore their own personal identities. AUx1 course learning outcomes are achieved through online learning, in-class activities, reflective writing assignments, and individual and small group discussions with course Instructors, Peer Facilitators, and classmates.

Online Welcome

Theme 1: Welcome Eagles to AUx1

  • Class 1: Introduction to AUx1
  • Class 2: Freedom of Expression in the Classroom & on Campus
  • Class 3: Discovering Campus Resources

Theme 2: Health, Wellness, & Campus Expectations

  • Class 4: STEP UP: Sexual Assault, Mental Health, & Hazing
  • Class 5: Alcohol & Other Drugs: Decisions and Choices
  • Class 6: Understanding Your Rights & Responsibilities

Theme 3: Navigating Your First Year

  • Class 7: Finding, Creating, & Maintaining Community
  • Class 8: Budgeting & Socioeconomic Diversity
  • Class 9: Building Academic Success
  • Class 10: Time Management & Course Registration

Theme 4: A Culture of Inclusion

  • Class 11: Exploring Our Diverse Identities
  • Class 12: Diversity, Bias, & Privilege

Theme 5: Life Lessons and Moving Forward

  • Class 13: Flexible Thinking, Resilience, & Grit
  • Class 14: Reflecting Back & Looking Ahead

Goal #1: Students will learn the benefits of engagement with their new campus community.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify policies, programs, and support resources at American University (including staff, faculty, and peers) and discuss how they can contribute to their academic success, personal well-being, and safety
  • Orient themselves to campus and begin to engage with campus policies, programs, and support resources that highlight American University's "Community of Care"

 

Goal #2: Students will be exposed to a comprehensive and practical approach to decision making about wellness.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss issues related to sexual assault, mental health, hazing, and bystander intervention
  • Critically reflect on the dangers of alcohol and other drugs and their relationships to problematic social behaviors
  • Apply knowledge-based skills (e.g., time management, self-care, task prioritization) to develop healthy habits, to embrace change, and to cope with the stresses that often accompany major life transition

 

Goal #3: Students will explore their identities as young adults.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explore, define, and express their own identities, strengths, challenges, passions and goals orally and in writing
  • Prepare for future decision-making related to their academic course of study by applying critical thinking and transferable skills to develop realistic goals

 

Goal #4: Students will learn to become part of a diverse community.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the multiple aspects of diversity and inclusion and examine how those dimensions impact their and others’ experiences at AU
  • Demonstrate empathy and respect for those whose experiences and opinions vary from their own
  • Practice respectful cross-cultural communication skills while effectively advocating for themselves and others

Your AUx courses will be taught in lounges, rather than in traditional classroom spaces, encouraging dialogue and informal interaction

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