2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student Originated Studies: Community Based Learning, Practice and Theory

Fall quarter

Faculty: Peter Bohmer economics, political economy

Fields of Study: African American studies, American studies, anthropology, community studies, cultural studies, economics, education, gender and women's studies, government, health, history, international studies, law and government policy, law and public policy, leadership studies, media studies, political science and sociology

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10223 (16) So - Sr; 10394 (1-15)  Signature Required To enroll, students must submit a detailed project and study proposal. Interested students should contact Peter Bohmer, bohmerp@evergreen.edu and/or at the academic fair in June or September, 2010. Groups of students working together on community based projects or as interns in the same or similar organization will be given priority. Also students doing similar study will be given priority.  

Credits: 16(F)

Variable Credit Options: 8- or 16-credit options available.

Class Standing: Sophomore - Senior

Offered During: Day


This is an opportunity for serious, responsible and self-motivated students to create their own courses of study and research which should include working with the broader community. Prior to the beginning of the quarter, interested students or student groups need to consult with the faculty about their proposed projects. The faculty sponsor will support student research, learning and practice in a cluster of areas linking economic justice and global justice with local, national and global social movements. There will be especially strong support for students developing projects that are connected to local communities, groups and organizations. Although students will register for this program, you will be primarily doing independent study and/or an internship. I will host this Student Originated Studies (SOS) through Evergreen's Center for Community Base Learning and Action (CCBLA). The CCBLA will serve as the center and support for this study-for learning about, engaging with and contributing to community life in the region.

Students, through individual or group projects, will be able to link with social movements, non-profits, community groups, and economic and social justice organizations that focus on the issues listed above. I have substantial knowledge of and experience with local organizations, and experience working with students across the curriculum who are interested in learning through community based research, learning and activism. So does the CCBLA!

We will meet weekly, either as the entire group or as subgroups interning at similar organizations or studying similar issues. At these meetings, there will be relevant presentations and workshops as well as time for problem-solving and sharing learning and experiences. During week 10, each student will make a presentation to the entire group on what he or she havs learned.

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Internship Possibilities: Fall: internships are encouraged.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: anarchism, anti-poverty, anti-racism, anti-war, building social movements, community or youth organizing, community development, economic justice, education, healthcare, homelessness and affordable housing, immigrant rights, international solidarity, labor, Latin American studies and solidarity, law, Marxism, political economy, popular economics, popular education, public policy, sociology, and unemployment.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
January 29th, 2010 New program added.