2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student Originated Studies: Center for Community-Based Learning and Action

Spring quarter

Faculty: Therese Saliba international feminism, Middle East studies, English

Fields of Study: African American studies, Native American studies, anthropology, communications, community studies, cultural studies, economics, education, environmental studies, gender and women's studies, history, international studies, law and government policy, law and public policy, leadership studies, media studies, outdoor leadership and education, queer studies, sociology and sustainability studies

Spring: CRN (Credit) Level 30363 (16); 30364 (1-16)  Signature Required All students must fill out application available at the spring Academic Fair, or contact salibat@evergreen.edu.  First and second-year students with prior community experience will be considered.    

Credits: 16(S)

Variable Credit Options: Priority will be given to students who enroll for full credit, though 8-12 credit option is possible.   

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day


This Student Originated Study (SOS) provides an opportunity for serious, self-motivated students who are interested in community engagement to create their own course of study and research for spring quarter.  Priority will be given to students who have negotiated an internship with an organization that provides community-based experience related to their academic background, and to small groups of students who are working collaboratively on community-based research and engagement.  The faculty and CCBLA can also help in finding internships for students, but these arrangements should be made before the start of spring quarter.  Please discuss your needs with faculty at the spring Academic Fair.  
The faculty sponsor will support student research, learning and practice in a cluster of areas linking issues of global justice with local, national, and global social movements. Topics such as gender, racial, and economic justice; immigration and immigrant communities; alternative media; student and youth movements; labor; education; and communities organizing for civil and human rights, and in response to prisons, national security policy, and militarization are especially encouraged. 
This Student Originated Studies (SOS) is hosted through Evergreen's Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA), which supports learning about, engaging with, and contributing to community life in the region. Students can enroll for 8-16 credits.  Two of these credits must be fulfilled by participation in regular classes and online collaborative work in the program, and the rest by internship hours and/or related academic work.  We will meet weekly as an entire group, and in subgroup meetings arranged around your internship schedules. Meetings will include relevant presentations and workshops, and discussion of collective readings, learning experiences, and problem-solving.  In addition, students will be required to attend the annual Peace Works Conference (April 8-9) and Synergy Conference. Students will keep a field journal of their work, complete several short writing assignments and a final synthesis paper, and make a final presentation to the entire group on their learning. 

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Advertised Schedule: 9:30am-12pm Wed., and by arrangement.  

Schedule Details: Group meetings likely Wed. 9:30-12; subgroup meetings to be arranged around internship schedules.

Required Fees: $35 for conference fees and tickets.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: community or youth organizing; community development; economic, racial, and gender justice; education; immigrant rights; international solidarity and International Studies; popular education; public policy; sociology; and queer studies.  

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 24th, 2011 Fee reduced.
January 25th, 2011 New SOS added.