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.

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 the available resources that support issues related to relationship violence, mental health, hazing, alcohol and other drugs, and sexual assault
  • Apply knowledge-based skills (e.g., time management, self-care, task prioritization, bystander intervention) to develop healthy habits, to embrace change, to cope with the stresses that often accompany major life transition, and to support a community of care

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
  • Reflect on shifts in their own identities and passions over time and apply critical thinking about past experiences and growth to develop realistic future 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
  • Class 1: Why AUx?
  • Class 2: AU Resources and Developing Goals
  • Class 3: Academic Skills and Time Management Strategies
  • Class 4: Dimensions of Wellness
  • Class 5: Mental and Relationship Wellness
  • Class 6: Financial Wellness
  • Class 7: No Class
  • Class 8: Course Registration and the Bigger Picture
  • Class 9: Defining and Creating Communities
  • Class 10: Communities of Care and Campus Responsibilities
  • Class 11: Identities and Communities
  • Class 12: Navigating Free Speech, Disagreements, and Rifts within Communities
  • Class 13: Sustaining Growth in Wellness, Communities, and Academics
  • Class 14: Lessons Learned

AUx courses are taught in lounge like spaces, rather than in traditional classroom spaces, to encourage dialogue

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