2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Student Originated Studies: Community Development

NEW! Last Updated: 02/08/2008

Spring quarter

Faculty: Russell Fox community development, urban planning

Faculty Signature Required: To enroll, students must submit a project proposal or a draft Internship Learning Contract. In addition, students need to complete a questionnaire available from Russ Fox. Interested students should contact Russ Fox by e-mail (foxr@evergreen.edu) or meet with him at the Academic Fair on March 4th, 2009. Group projects and multiple students at the same internship organization will receive priority consideration.

Major areas of study include areas of student interest such as urban, regional and local land use planning, community development, agriculture and food security, homelessness and affordable housing, local government, non-profit organizations, working across cultural differences and public policy.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: At least two quarters of academic preparation related to the proposed area of study. Faculty signature required.

Student Originated Studies: Community Development offers opportunities for advanced or well-prepared students to create their own course of study and research. (See Prerequisites and Faculty Signature information.) In addition at least two credits of each student's work will be in collaboration with other students in the program. Options will include seminars, workshops organized by staff and faculty working at the Center for Community-Based Learning and Action, and on-line discussions of topics relevant for students interested in planning and community development. Student project work will be presented in a symposium at the end of the quarter.

Groups of students working together on community-based projects will be given priority. So will groups of students who are interns at the same organization or who are interns at similar organizations (such as at several small farms or at several organizations working on housing issues). The faculty has extensive knowledge of local organizations and resources, particularly in Thurston County, as well as experience working with students from across the curriculum who are interested in integrating and applying their learning through community-based research, learning and activism.

While this program is primarily aimed at juniors and seniors, freshmen and sophomores may be admitted if proposing an internship (see suggestions above) or if they are part of a group project. Interested freshmen and sophomores with an internship or group project in mind should contact Russ Fox.

Credits: 8 or 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Internship Possibilities: Yes, with faculty approval.

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: May vary depending on student projects

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in planning, community development, environmental studies and public policy.

Planning Units: Environmental Studies

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 8th, 2008 This is a new program not published in the catalog.