2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student Originated Studies: Public Health, Environment, Sustainability and Public Policy

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Lin Nelson sociology

Fields of Study: community studies, environmental studies, government, sociology and sustainability studies

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20368 (16) So - Sr; 20468 (1-16)  Signature Required Interested students should contact Lin for additional information. Students need to send a draft proposal to Lin and/or meet with her before the end of Evaluation week in fall quarter.  

Spring: Enrollment Closed  CRN (Credit) Level 30269 (16) So - Sr  

Credits: 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Sophomore - Senior

Offered During: Day and Evening

Prerequisites: Some background in public policy, social science and/or environmental or sustainability studies.


This SOS program is directed to students who have broad interests in the following: public health, environmental conditions affecting public health and welfare, the movements around sustainability and social justice, and related public policy developments from local to international. Students with these interests and backgrounds will shape their work through internships, community projects and/or independent paths of study, and the group will be linked to the Center for Community-Based Learning and Action. Students and faculty will meet weekly or bi-weekly to examine and explore an array of issues, to examine links between projects and to develop skills and strategies. The concepts of Popular Education and Participatory Research will be central to our learning. We will cultivate this work, individually and in small groups, through consultation and collaboration with area organizations and through participant-observation approaches to local and state government. Students will explore and develop different approaches, with a mix of writing, documentation, workshops and presentations. Priority will be given to juniors and seniors.

Maximum Enrollment: 12

Off Campus Location: We may have some off-campus meetings related to community work and events.

Internship Possibilities: Students may develop their SOS through an internship with a community organization or a public agency.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: public policy, community studies, environment, public health, sustainability, social justice.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 22nd, 2011 This SOS is not accepting new enrollment in spring.
November 18th, 2010 New SOS offered.