2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

For the Common Good: Community-Based Learning and Action

Spring quarter

Faculty: Ellen Shortt Sanchez , Suzanne Simons Writing, Journalism, Sociology

Fields of Study: communications, community studies, leadership studies and sociology

Spring: CRN (Credit) Level 30282 (8) So - Sr  

Credits: 8(S)

Class Standing: Sophomore - Senior

Offered During: Evening


You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.
- Marian Wright Edelman

Why are some communities vibrant and others not? Who and what defines community? What is the common good and who decides? Who inspires us to participate in community and in what forms? Does reliance on volunteers continue an unjust economy? How can community engagement support social change? How can we work effectively as allies in communities that are not our own? What is higher education's role in supporting community?

This one-quarter program will combine theory and practice through classroom study and applied field work. We will explore theories of community and the common good and combine this with the practice of community-based service learning. Students will choose a local organization to work with throughout the quarter and contribute 10 hours a week of community-based learning while spending time in and out of class examining issues such as immigration, literacy, housing, hunger, education, sustainability, health, environment, and poverty through lenses of class, race, and gender. 

Community-based learning asks students to examine critical community needs and how best to contribute to addressing them. Program activities will include field trips to Shelton and downtown Olympia, guest speakers on public policy and community advocacy, lectures, critical reading of program texts and response papers, seminars, service learning journal based on weekly program themes, and final presentations of student work.

Maximum Enrollment: 36

Advertised Schedule: 5:30-9:30p Wed

Required Fees: $12.50 for tickets to Washington Center appearance of Alice Walker

Internship Required: Students must spend 10 hours a week in community-based learning.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: human and social services, education, literacy, community advocacy, nonprofit organizations, and public service.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
January 28th, 2011 required fee added