Student-Originated Studies: Social Services and Social Justice
NEW! Last Updated: 05/18/2009
Faculty: Toska Olson sociology
Faculty Signature Required: To enroll, faculty must approve a draft Internship Learning Contract or project proposal. In addition, students need to complete a questionnaire available from Toska Olson. Interested students should contact Toska Olson by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or meet with her at the Academic Fair on March 4th, 2009. Multiple students at the same internship organization will receive priority consideration, and individual interns will receive second priority for registration.
Major areas of study include areas of student interest in social service and social justice organizations concerned with criminal justice, domestic violence, education, homelessness, human rights (e.g., welfare rights, queer rights, women’s rights), and those organizations providing support and empowerment for underserved populations (incarcerated youth, elderly, special needs, etc.).
Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.
Prerequisites: At least two quarters of academic preparation related to the proposed area of study. Faculty signature required.
Student Originated Studies: Social Services and Social Justice offers opportunities for well-prepared students to create their own course of study through community-based activism. Priority will be given to students interested in making meaningful contributions to the community through internships in social service and social justice organizations. Groups of students working at the same or similar organization(s) will be given first priority. Two credits of each student's work will be in collaboration with other students in the program as we work to integrate our experiences and knowledge about social justice work. In-class options may include seminar discussions of students' ongoing learning in the field and of topics relevant to their work, workshops organized by staff and faculty working at the Center for Community-Based Learning and Action, and a symposium of student learning at the end of the quarter. Students who successfully complete this group contract will gain considerable experience with applied work in social and human services, and will learn strategies for effectively serving their community.
Credits: 16 per quarter
Internship Possibilities: With faculty approval.
Special Expenses: Will vary depending on student projects and internship expectations. Travel expense is dependent upon the location of the student's chosen community service work.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in sociology, social work, human services, and public policy
Planning Units: Society, Politics, Behavior and Change