Courses

  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 200 Religion & Law

    Religion & Law examines the origins and developments of religious liberty in the United States from the colonial and founding periods to the present day. Attention is given to the historical and legal foundations that currently govern the relationship of religion and the state; that define “free exercise” protections for people of all religions and none; that set limitations on the state from “establishing” or privileging a religion; and provides a civic framework for people to self-govern one of the most religiously diverse societies in the world.
  • 2 Lessons

    AMST 2500 Certificate in American Muslim Life: Law & Society

    Drawing from the scholarship published by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, this online course equips adult learners to apply solution-seeking research in cultivating their understanding of the legal and political challenges faced by American Muslims. Many of these challenges arise as a result of the current geopolitical climate and widespread misinformation and misunderstanding. Anti-Muslim sentiment and targeted policies that infringe on personal and religious freedom are the new normal. This course is designed to apply ISPU’s public policy research to examine the structural barriers that hinder the American Muslim community from full inclusion and participation. The sources and exercises provide students with an accurate understanding of American Muslim communities, equipping them to build and sustain allyship and identifying common challenges and solutions.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America

    The legal history of religious liberty in the United States reveals a simple fact: there has never been an America without Muslims.

  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 2502 Who are American Muslims?

    Study groundbreaking research on American Muslim experiences in all their diversity. Track contemporary trends about not only Americans who are Muslim, but Americans of other faiths and no faith as well. In this interactive course you will examine American Muslims’ perspective within the context of their nation’s religious landscape, not as an isolated specimen.

  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 2503 How are American Muslims Represented?

    Have you ever felt like some news stories receive a lot more coverage than others of equal importance? You’re not imagining it. In this media literacy course, you will study landmark research about media responses to ideologically motivated violence in the United States. Accurate representation matters. Misrepresentation can be dangerous.

  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 2504 How are American Muslims Treated?

    In this interactive course, you will engage a series of “civic tracks” about how American Muslims are treated by the (1) legislative branch, (2) executive branch, (3) judicial branch, (4) law enforcement, and (5) public schools.

  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 2505 Resilient Communities: Pathways Forward

    What strategies do Muslims employ to recover from personal setbacks, societal pressures, and even internalized Islamophobia? While drawing upon best practices from the field of resiliency education, we will study how Muslims develop healthy coping mechanisms and draw upon their faith to cultivate rich internal lives. We give special attention to how––when faced with adversity––Muslims perform acts of generosity. We reflect on the multigenerational commitment to building resilient communities while maintaining solidarity with non-Muslims. The case studies featured in this course reveal an essential ingredient to human flourishing––American Muslims' unwavering knowledge that they matter, they belong.

  • 3 Lessons

    AMST 2506 Capstone Project: American Muslim Life

    Earn academic credit by, first, finishing the 2500-level course collection and, second, completing the following Capstone project. You will receive individualized academic support and advisement. We look forward to supporting you in applying what you learned in the course to your community of practice.

  • 2 Lessons

    AMST 3000 Certificate in Civic Inclusion

    Explore the impact of racialized anti-Muslim bigotry on diverse communities. Study models of effective civic engagement and cultivate inclusive and resilient communities. Develop and apply your religious, cultural, and legal literacy and community engagement skills to real-life challenges. Map the diversity of communities impacted by hate and bigotry in your local neighborhood, city, state, and county. Equip yourself with a foundational knowledge of change and develop action plans to respond to incidents of racialized anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hate. Craft long-term, proactive strategies to improve your community’s civic health.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 3001 Understand Racialized Anti-Muslim Bigotry

    Systemic bias and discrimination against Muslims and those perceived as Muslim are primary challenges to building inclusive communities. This course will explore the causes and consequences of racialized anti-Muslim bigotry on impacted communities in the United States.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 3002 Envision Civics as an Antidote to Prejudice

    Civic health is an antidote to bigotry. Explore inspiring stories of communities and leaders who, despite a heightened climate of anti-Muslim bigotry, successfully built inclusive practices and policies, led collaborative actions, and fostered diverse public engagement to improve their community.

  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 3003 Explore Religious, Cultural, and Legal Literacy

    Explore the diversity of practices, beliefs, and perspectives within hate-impacted religious and cultural groups across the U.S. and in your community. Learn frameworks that help explain the religious, cultural, and legal dimensions of American communities. Examine the diversity of religious and cultural groups, and those impacted by anti-Muslim bigotry in particular, and how to grow your knowledge as a way to challenge hate proactively.

  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 3004 Prepare Crisis Mitigation Strategies

    Lead with strength, knowing you are prepared to respond to incidents of hate with deliberate and unequivocal confidence. While publicly condemning bigotry incidents is a crucial first step, civic leaders must go beyond rhetorical response. They must enact inclusive policies and initiatives to build a community’s resilience in the face of hate. Integrate into your leadership toolkit the best practices for addressing bias incidents and prepare to not only put out fires but deescalate the hatred that stoked the flames.
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    AMST 3005 Create Spaces for Civic Inclusion

    Building inclusive communities require long-term, proactive efforts by public leaders. Learn how to create and mobilize diverse coalitions around shared goals to strengthen your community’s civic health. A key characteristic of civically healthy communities is the inclusion of diverse stakeholders. By mobilizing diverse community members around shared goals and values, public leaders can foster resilient, inclusive communities that stand together against bigotry and hate.
  • 3 Lessons

    AMST 3006 Implement Your Inclusion Initiative

    Students who wish to receive academic credit supplement the AMST 3000 Certificate Program with a final assignment: The Capstone Project. In this instructor-supervised independent study, students will demonstrate their ability to apply their content knowledge to their community of practice. The project will provide the learner the opportunity to design and implement a unique inclusion initiative in a local community.
  • 12 Lessons

    PSYC 101 Happiness

    Happiness is a multidisciplinary exploration of human flourishing. The course draws from the academic study of happiness as explored in the humanities, specifically psychology, philosophy, religious studies, cultural studies, history, and law. The course surveys empirical research in the sciences, such as positive psychology, neuroscience, and biology. The content mirrors how it is taught by drawing upon teaching methods used in resiliency education. Ultimately, the course is a study of how humans organize themselves, their internal lives, their relationships, and their environments—communally and globally.