Academic Courses: Experiential+

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Looking to get a bit more out of your summer internship or ELO? Want to stay connected to fellow MIT students throughout the summer? Ready to learn from talented Graduate Teaching Fellows from across the institute?

OEL’s “Experiential+” Courses allow you to dive into challenging topics through the lens of your summer experience, whatever that may be. The courses feature small weekly discussion sections (held via Zoom to accommodate students around the world) and a highly personalized final project that complements your work and interests. The courses are open to all MIT undergrads, regardless of year, major, prior experience, or summer plans.

Experiential Ethics

24.133 Experiential Ethics introduces MIT students to the fast-changing, real-time ethical landscape in industry, science, and technology while developing important interpersonal, professional, and leadership competencies along the way. Students who took Experiential Ethics in the summer of 2020 overwhelmingly reported high satisfaction with the course, increased knowledge and ability to engage with ethics, and increased interest in ethics. Most students said they now envision themselves pursuing extracurricular or volunteer opportunities related to ethics, taking ethics classes, continuing to learn about ethics independently, and/or engaging in ethical discussions with friends and classmates.

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Experiential Sustainability

Launching as a pilot in Summer 2021, 1.005 Experiential Sustainability is the newest addition to Experiential+. Experiential Sustainability will be similar in format to Experiential Ethics but will provide a broad introduction to sustainability challenges, governance, science, and frameworks. Students will learn to identify, address, and communicate the sustainability implications of their own work and evaluate sustainability-focused interventions through several lenses explored in the class.

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