2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Power Play(ers): Actions and Consequences

Revised Last Updated: 06/02/2008

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Mingxia Li biology, public health, Chinese cultural studies, Paul McCreary mathematics, 3D modeling, life science, Gilda Sheppard media literacy, sociology, cultural studies, Tyrus Smith environmental studies, ecology, Artee Young law, literature, Arlen Speights computer studies, Amadou Ba French, Barbara Laners law, political science, Joan Bantz business, Bracey Dangerfield life science, Peter Bacho law, history

Faculty Signature Required: No signature required. Nonetheless, prospective students must attend an intake interview at the Tacoma campus as part of the formal application and admissions process. Call (253) 680-3000 to schedule.

Major areas of study include upper division studies in law and public policy, history, community and environmental studies, political economy, education, public health, bio-ethics, social science research, research methodology, literature, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, composition, media literacy, computer studies, instructional technology, project management, statistics, human development and human biology.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; formal admission to the Tacoma campus.

This year's program will explore colonial, postcolonial, and neocolonial issues as they are unfolding on local, national and global stages. Colonialism, under which generations of peoples were oppressed and forced to submit to exploitation and state and/or corporate sponsored tyrannies, has resurfaced in new forms of neocolonialism that we encounter in our daily lives and work. How to recognize them, how to acquire mental resistance to their hegemony, how to assert individual, family and community values and identities, how to decipher and reframe meanings from information channeled through mass media, how to analyze the powers at play in societal structures, how to empower oneself and community, and how to understand the ways in which these structures of power and control impact the quality of life for ordinary people, at home and abroad, are some of the skills you will learn from "Power Play(ers)."

This upper division program will examine local, national and foreign policy issues of the postcolonial and neocolonial world in education, health care, social welfare and the environment through interdisciplinary studies of law, bioethics, biomedical sciences, environmental science, legislative process, organizational management, mathematics modeling, sociology, psychology, American and world history, media literacy, world literature and cultures. Research methods in social and natural sciences and statistics emphasized in this program will present you with a systematic approach and analytical tools to address real life issues through constant research practice throughout the activities of the program. Information and multimedia technology and biomedical laboratory technology will be employed in hands-on laboratory practice to enhance your academic capacity and power.

The theme for fall quarter is identifying the problem and clarifying the question . The first quarter of the program will be used to lay the foundation for the rest of the year, both substantively and in terms of the tools necessary to operate effectively in the learning community. We will explore theories, history and practices of colonialism as it is explicated in theory, history and practice. Colonialism will be analyzed from the perspectives of both political economy and history. In seminars, we will read, discuss and analyze texts that will add to our understanding of the ways in which colonialism and neocolonialism have created unequal distributions of power, wealth and access to resources.

Winter quarter's theme is researching the roots, causes, and potential solutions . We will look at specific contemporary issues of power viewed from a variety of institutional perspectives, most notably in health, education, law, science, government, politics, youth, environment, community development, women's empowerment and human rights. Students will investigate specific issues of unequal distributions of power with the purpose of identifying a particular problem, defining its dimensions, determining its causes, and establishing action plans for its remedy.

In the spring, the theme will progress to implementation. The program will devote the final quarter to the design and implementation of projects to address the issues of unequal distributions of power identified in winter quarter. Seminar groups will combine their efforts to undertake actions to target current imbalances of power in the community. These actions may take the form of educational events, publications, multimedia presentations or art installations. Academic courses will assist in the successful implementation and evaluation of the student group activities.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 200

Internship Possibilities: Students can elect to do internships. Credit range is 2-16 credits per quarter. Though internships will normally be related to students' academic studies, all internships will be registered separately from the program.

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: About $25-$50 for media and/or storage supplies.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in social work, education, law, health care, public policy, media literacy, history, organizational management, biomedical sciences, environmental studies, literature, community activism and foreign policy.

Planning Units: Tacoma Campus Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
June 2nd, 2008 Additional faculty have been added and the enrollment limits adjusted.