FAQs: Healing Democracy

More information about Healing Democracy is included below; if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Dean Laura Baudot, instructor of record, or Nathan Carpenter, course manager.

Classes will take place on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30–8:30 p.m. EDT, beginning Tuesday, April 6 and concluding Tuesday, May 25. All classes will take place via Zoom, and information about connecting to the virtual classes will be shared in advance of the first lecture.

Each class session will begin with a lecture by an Oberlin faculty member. Each lecture will explore the course’s key themes and questions from a different disciplinary perspective.

The lecture and Q&A will run for approximately an hour. Students will then break out into discussion groups facilitated by current students who serve as Peer Advising Leaders, or PALs (students who choose to attend Oberlin will continue seeing the PALs throughout the summer and fall). During these discussions, students will debrief the lectures, get to know each other, and discuss student life at Oberlin.

We know that this is a busy time of year, and have heard from some students that they are unable to attend the Tuesday evening meeting times. To make this course available to as many admitted students as possible, we have added an alternate meeting time: Saturday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT.

Students who register for this alternate meeting time will still be able to participate fully in the course, through meeting in regular discussion groups led by current students serving as Peer Advising Leaders (PALs). You will also still be able to receive credit. The only difference is that, rather than joining the lectures live, you will receive recordings to watch in advance of your Saturday discussion group meetings.

We are making additional scheduling accommodations for students living outside the United States; if you have questions about this, please contact Associate Dean Laura Baudot (lbaudot@oberlin.edu).

This is a for-credit course. It is worth the equivalent of one-half of a regular full-semester course. Students who successfully complete this course and then choose to enroll at Oberlin will receive two academic credits toward graduation.

No. There is no charge for enrolling in this course, and all readings and other materials will be provided. Students will need access to the internet in order to join the lectures and discussion groups via Zoom. More information about connecting to Zoom will be provided in advance of the first lecture.

We will be very sad to see you go! But with regard to the course, you are still welcome to enroll and participate to the same extent as other students, even after you’ve made up your mind to go elsewhere. If you would like to transfer the course credit with an Oberlin transcript to your next institution, there will be a tuition and transcript fee of $1,000.

This course is meant to be a meaningful and engaging introduction to an Oberlin College liberal arts education, not a source of anxiety or stress. While students will be expected to participate actively in order to be eligible to receive credit, the course will appear on your official transcript only if you successfully complete it.

If you begin the class but are unable to complete it, the course will not appear on your official transcript. Students who enroll at Oberlin will see an NE (No Entry) designation on their unofficial transcript. This designation is for advising purposes only. This policy has been created to align with Oberlin College’s adjusted grading policies for currently enrolled students, as part of its ongoing response to COVID-19.