Making Change Happen
Revised Last Updated: 02/25/2010
Fall, Winter and Spring quarters
Major areas of study include psychology, social psychology, social justice, diversity and anti-oppression studies, systems theory and group process/change.
Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.
Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new enrollment, without signature. Interested students should contact George Freeman (360-867-6198 or email@example.com) and meet with him at the Academic Fair, December 2, 2009. New students winter quarter must attend a class from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, in SEM 2 B2105.
CRN: fall: 10217 (8 cr), 10115 (16 cr); winter: 20164 (8 cr), 20078 (16 cr); spring: 30494 (8 cr), 30395 (12 cr), 30100 (16 cr)
Note: This program is offered in both 8 credit and 16 credit options. For both options, students will attend class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on selected Saturdays and Sundays during four intensive-weekend sessions (fall: Oct. 3, 24-25, Nov. 7-8, Dec. 5-6; winter: Jan. 9, 30-31, Feb. 20-21, Mar. 6-7; spring: Apr. 3, 17-18, May 8-9, Jun. 5-6). There will be an additional fifth session during spring quarter for a trip to the Highlander Research and Education Center from April 29 through May 3. Students enrolling for 16 credits will have additional class times during the week each quarter. Winter quarter and spring quarter first class meets in Sem 2 B2105.
Institutions and organizations are always in states of flux, responding to environmental and personal demands. How does institutional change happen? How do we move institutions and organizations toward greater inclusivity, equity and social justice? The guiding questions of this program are framed in terms of democracy, social justice, welfare, civil rights and personal transformation and transcendence. We will explore how we engage institutions and organizations in transformation, effective change strategies that allow for both personal and institutional paradigmatic shifts, and how we become the leaders of the process. We will examine the psychology of change, what role transcendence plays in our ways of thinking about change, and how equity and justice are served. This program will explore these questions in the context of systems theory, multicultural and anti-oppression frameworks, leadership development, and within the context of the civil rights movement.
Our focus fall quarter is on personal development and change. We believe that the personal is political (and vice-versa), so we have to understand what experiences inform our stance towards change. The focus is on the self, particularly from a cultural and autobiographical perspective, as it informs our world view. The assignments are geared to self-reflection. Remember, in order to impact change you must challenge yourself to become the change.
Winter quarter's focus is on cultural groups and their development, norms, and boundaries. We will examine what defines the boundaries of these groups, the norms and variation to these norms present in the group. We'll also work on the relationship of the cultural group to the larger society. Our work is geared toward understanding the collective group's position in the world and your personal and small group interface to the group of your faculty-approved choice. This involves the central themes of democracy, social justice, inclusivity and exclusivity that form the foundation of the program. Those wanting internships will have the option of beginning this quarter.
For spring, the program will broaden its areas of interest to include the community. We will examine how the self, the group, and the community intersect. We will explore these points of intersection as influenced and shaped by the personal, cultural and sociopolitical forces at work in our communities. We plan to travel on a field trip to the Highlander Center this quarter. Students will put into practice the theory of the prior two quarters and the understanding they have gained about the self, the self in groups, and the power of the group.
Full-time program content offers additional focus on the history of psychology, systems and theories of psychology, and research approaches in the field of clinical and counseling psychology. This component will include a small group, collaborative research-based project.
Credits: 8 or 16 winter quarter, 8 or 16 spring quarter and 8, 12 or 16 fall quarter
Internship Possibilities: Winter and spring with faculty approval only.
Special Expenses: $45 for materials and supplies in winter. Approximately $845.00 for field trip to Highlander Center spring quarter.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in the social sciences, psychology, education, business and activism.
|April 16th, 2009||Added times for the intensive-weekend sessions.|
|June 9th, 2009||Winter enrollment details added.|
|August 24th, 2009||Special Expenses/Fees have increased.|
|November 6th, 2009||Added dates for classes in winter quarter.|
|December 2nd, 2009||Winter quarter location added.|
|January 25th, 2010||Added dates for classes in spring quarter.|
|February 25th, 2010||Spring location added.|