2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Power, Privilege and the Common Good


Summer 2012 quarter

Suzanne Simons writing, journalism, sociology
Fields of Study
communications, community studies, cultural studies, sociology and writing
Preparatory for studies or careers in
nonprofit organizations, communications, education, government

This program will explore theories of power and privilege as applied to community and the common good. Through a combination of classroom study and community-based internships, we will apply the lenses of race, ethnicity, and socio-economic class to examine issues such as poverty, immigration, literacy, housing, hunger, education, sustainability, health, and the environment. We will also examine promising models of equity and empowerment. Learning activities will include seminar, writing, field trips, guest speakers, workshops, and a community-based internship at an organization of the student’s choice.

This class will hold several joint class meetings with Doing It For Free: Why and How We Volunteer , taught by Marla Elliott. Students enrolled in both classes will have an especially rich learning experience as well as completing about 60 hours of community-based internships or volunteer work.

Advertised Schedule
1-5p Tue/Thu; no class weeks 3, 7, and 8
Online Learning
Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online
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Internship Required
All students must arrange and complete a community-based internship or volunteer work involving 40 hours of work during the quarter.
Offered During