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5:30-7 pm ● 2 units, P/NP Course Facilitators: Romina Keshishyan email@example.com Tahiya Sultan firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3 pm, 505 Eshleman Enrollment: Students who have completed less than 60 units of undergraduate study must enroll in SW 97. Students who have completed 60 or more units of undergraduate study must enroll in SW 197. Course Description and Learning Objectives: We will explore what it means to organize and build a community and what the different methods being used by various community organizers are. Through course readings, lectures, films, class discussions, and interactions with the East Bay community, we will examine the history of community organizing in the United States, the different theories and approaches to effective grassroots organizing, and the skills and techniques used to empower people so they can win victories and improve their communities. As we talk about community and the importance of knowing community needs, we expect that students do not see themselves as disconnected from the community, but rather an important part of it, and we hope students are able to walk away with a deeper sense of connection to the East Bay community. This curriculum combines academic work with experiential learning. In order to incorporate the knowledge gained in this course, each student will be placed in an internship with a community organizer currently working in the East Bay. Students must complete 60 hours of internship work. This learning experience will be group-oriented, meaning that student participation in class discussions is crucial. This class asks you to analyze community organizing tactics and social issues rather than just read about them, offers you a chance to contribute to your local community, and lets you meet and interact with other students who share your interest in civic engagement. At the end of the course, students will take with them a renewed sense of the power communities have to create the change they want to see in the world. Students will also take with them tools and experiences that will be useful and applicable to their own community organizing projects. Required Text: All readings will be sent through email. Remember: No laptop or cell phone use in class! Faculty Sponsor: Professor Jill Berrick, School of Social Welfare
*More guidelines will be handed out in class soon. Course Schedule Fall 2009 Week 1 Date 9/17 Topic Introduction to Course + Intro to CO/Approaches to Social Change Intro to East Bay + Race. but please note that it is your responsibility to complete all hours you committed to with your supervisor Check-in: You will be required to attend an informal one-on-one meeting with the facilitators during which we will discuss your experience with the class. films. speakers. Journal: You will turn in journal responses every week during class. The paper should incorporate knowledge gained in class through readings. attendance is mandatory. and student participation in class discussion are integral parts of the course. presentations. Missing more than 2 class sessions will result in a NP. Final Reflection: You will turn in a 3-4 page paper describing and analyzing community organizing. Excessive tardiness will be counted as an absence. videos. Refer to the experiences written about in your journal responses.Course Requirements: Attendance: Because guest speakers. and knowledge gained through your internship. Explain what you learned about community organizing and whether or not the organization met the criteria of effective organizing. when you are already an insider in that community Assignment Due None Reading & Journal Response 2 9/24 3 10/1 Reading & Journal Response . These will take place during week 6. but especially with the internship. class. gender in CO Reflection on our own status in society The 4 Goals of CO and the Basic Organizing Process + Role of organizer as an outsider vs. Medical emergencies will be taken into consideration. Consider it some food for thought as you engage with the readings and your internship experiences. Internship: Completion of all 60 hours of your internship is mandatory if you wish to pass. Every class session there will be a prompt to guide you as you write about the various issues that we discuss in class.
4 10/8 Power Analysis + Defining your Base Recruiting. UNITE-HERE Critiques of CO model + Rethinking our own work and place w/in the community Inspiring victories in the history of CO + Importance of Creative Strategies and Tactics (arts and activism) Relating local struggles to broader global struggles for justice Reflecting on our experiences with CO Wrap-up Course & Now what? Potluck + Evaluations Reading & Journal Response Reading & Journal Response 5 10/15 6 10/22 Reading & Journal Response 7 8 10/29 Reading & Journal Response Reading & Journal Response Reading & Journal Response Reading & Journal Response Reading & Journal Response Reading & Journal Response Final Presentation 11/5 11/12 9 10 11/19 11 12 13 11/26 12/3 12/10 . Act Locally Using the Media + Doing tactical investigations Video Presentation on Local Labor Unions: AFSMCE 3299. Think Globally. developing leadership + Creating a democratic group process Choosing an Issue Developing a Strategy + *Reminder: check-in meeting w/facilitators this week Analyzing different movements Food Movement Model.