This is a preview of the Fall 2022 course. The previous Sping 2022 calendar is also provided for reference.


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    Week 1 Searching with Others

    In this first section of the course, we consider the Guiding Question: "What am I searching for?" This week, we begin by considering the pedagogy of learning in community and the role of vulnerability and communion in our personal development.

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    Week 2 Searching with Values

    Using the VIA Character Strengths Survey, this week we discuss how our values and strengths inform how and what we search for, our engagement with others, and our ongoing personal development.

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    Week 3 Searching with Narratives

    Inspired by the creative works of world-renowned authors, we critically examine our own authorship and the origins of our stories, ideas, relationships, and identities.

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    Week 4 Identifying Responsibilities

    As we enter into Section Two, we build upon our growing self-knowledge and begin to articulate our most fundamental, animating beliefs by challenging each other to consider who and what we are responsible for.

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    Week 5 Identifying Perspectives

    After contemplating our responsibilities, this week we consider how our complex and multiple identities inform our perspectives, beliefs, and bonds of interconnection with others.

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    Week 6 Identifying Holy Cross

    While we are the authors of our own story, we've also stepped into the larger story of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Bridging the past and present, we explore how our beliefs might intersect with those of Holy Cross.

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    Week 7 Identifying Frameworks

    In this final bend of Section Two, we prepare for a time of integration and deep reflection by examining how our understanding of God informs our beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world.

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    Week 8 Identifying Root Beliefs

    To conclude the first half of the semester, we integrate the required content, independent and critical thinking, and our in-class conversations to identify and describe our most fundamental, core beliefs. We call these beliefs Root Beliefs.

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    Week 9 Encountering Dissonance

    As we enter into Section Three, we are guided by the question "What have I encountered?" and assess our beliefs, particularly those beliefs we hold about ourselves, alongside the realities of imposter syndrome, expectations, and failure.

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    Week 10 Encountering Brokenness

    This week, we engage boldly with our own faults and limitations and, informed by our root beliefs, consider how our brokenness might connect us to others.

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    Week 11 Encountering Hope

    This week, we consider how Bl. Basil Moreau and C.S. Lewis challenged their communities to integrate their experience of suffering and brokenness with a real anticipation of resurrection as a way to practice authentic hope.

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    Week 12 Encountering Narratives Anew

    As we enter into the final week of the fall semester, we look back on the readings, experiences, and conversations that have helped shape and change our narrative and the stories we wish to write in the future.

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    Week 13 Encountering Ourselves Anew

    As the final movement of the semester, we analyze how we have grown in our self-knowledge, emboldened, altered, or challenged our beliefs, and responded to the encounters of our first semester at Notre Dame.


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    Week 1 Practicing Self-Reflection

    We begin by extending a bridge between Semester One and Semester Two - considering our journey thus far and how our encounters may inform the conversations to come.

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    Week 2 Inspirations of a Life Well-Lived

    Inspired by the lives of Fr. Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C. and others who have come before us, this week, we begin our semester-long process of articulating a comprehensive definition of a life well-lived.

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    Week 3 Questions of a Life Well-Lived

    One way to begin to clarify a definition of a life well-lived is to keep the end of life in mind. This week, we are challenged to consider the inevitability of our own death and the finite amount of time we live within the world.

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    Week 4 Exploring a Life Well-Lived

    While continuing to deepen our self-knowledge, this week we begin to actively discern the vast potential avenues of life. We explore paths others have taken as a way of determining our own priorities and possibilities.

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    Week 5 Discerning a Life Well-Lived

    The process of discernment is an ongoing, lifelong endeavor. And while we are the authors of our story, it is often helpful to involve those we trust. This week, we determine how and when we invite others into our ongoing discernment.

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    Week 6 Obstacles to a Life Well-Lived

    As we clarify our definition of a life well-lived, we challenge each other to consider if this definition is compatible with changing and difficult circumstances and how we respond to the inevitable obstacles and challenges of life.

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    Week 7 Relationships of a Life Well-Lived

    In this final bend of Section One, we examine the kinds of relationships that are characteristic of a life well-lived, and how we form, cultivate, and embrace these important, though perhaps difficult relationships in life.

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    Week 8 Defining a Life Well-Lifed

    To conclude Section One, we integrate required content, independent and critical thinking, and in-class conversations to write our own eulogies. This Integration Assignment is designed as a creative mechanism to articulate a vision of a life well-lived.

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    Week 9 Responding to Suffering

    We now assess our developing vision of a life well-lived alongside the reality of suffering in the world. Conversations on the practice, relevancy, or limits of accompaniment serve as a common framework as we move forward.

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    Week 10 Embracing Humanity

    This week, grounded in the Spirit of Inclusion at Notre Dame, we challenge our vision of a life well-lived with ideals of human solidarity, a concern for the common good, and the pursuit of justice.

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    Week 11 Growing in Wisdom

    After contemplating, and perhaps applying, the idea of accompaniment alongside our lives and the diversity of the human experience, we narrow our focus on the role of civil discourse and civic engagement in our definition of a life well-lived.

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    Week 12 Acting with Courage

    This week, we are challenged to integrate our conversations from Weeks 9, 10, and 11 to courageously respond to a problem in a way that is animated by our distinct gifts, knowledge, and responsibilities.

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    Week 13 Developing a Mission

    This week, we refine our approach to developing a life well-lived by writing our own personal mission statement - a summative and integrative articulation of our self-knowledge, beliefs and values, and vision of a life well-lived.

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    Week 14 Pursuing a Life Well-Lived

    As the final movement of the semester, we respond to the Capstone Integration Assignment and build on the previously written mission statement to cite, specifically, how this mission statement will animate our lives at Notre Dame and beyond.