Special Topics in Social Sciences:  Leadership and Social Change

Instructors:  Anne Morse and Shannon Maes

Fall, 2012 Schedule draft and Assignments, subject to change

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Week 9

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Special Topics in Social Sciences:  Leadership and Social Change

Assignments

1.  Constructive Engagement in Dialogue/Professionalism:  We expect you to get involved in the conversations we have in class.  This means being prepared with any readings or assignments due that day, listening thoughtfully to others, and sharing your views and responses in a way that is open and respectful of others.  Any unexcused absence will result in 5% being deducted from your final grade.

2.  In-Class Activity and Discussion:  choose a topic, either related to the book you read, or a different topic, that relates to the class material.  Prepare a fifteen minute activity that will help the rest of the class experience and learn about your topic.  Also prepare some questions related to your activity that will stimulate discussion afterwards.  The idea is to practice leading and facilitating activities and discussions that center around issues of social justice.  Make sure you choose a topic that is inspiring/exciting, important to you!  Your activity and discussion can take up to 20-25 minutes.  (10%)

3.  In-Class Poster-Presentation on Book:  For this assignment you will choose a book on a social change topic about which you feel passionate from either the books on reserve, Anne’s personal library or on your own.  After a thorough reading of this book you will share the content of that book with us through a poster presentation.  Books and presentation dates will be chosen in class on_______.  Give yourself plenty of time to read the book and prepare your presentation.  Your poster presentation needs to be large enough to engage the audience visually, and should contain visuals beyond enlarged text.  Feel free to get creative!  You will have ten minutes in class to share your poster with the group, and your poster _______.  (10%)

4.  Workshop Development and Presentation- For this assignment you will work within a group of two or three students to develop an hour-long workshop on a social justice topic of your choosing, to be presented to the Sterling College community or another audience of your choosing.  We want the Sterling Community to hear some of the perspectives and ideas and insights that you develop through our discussions in this class, and we want you to cultivate your leadership and educational skills!  Your presentation should combine sharing information and participant involvement.  Consider an activity, discussion questions, free writes, and other methods for getting people involved.  You are expected to meet with your co-leaders and with Anne as you prepare for your workshop.  Workshops must be completed by the end of November. (Percentage of final grade:  30%)  

5.  Infomercial- create a 10 min infomercial for the community meeting directly before your workshop to drum up support for attendance.  (percentage of final grade:  10%).

6.  Activist Interview- For this assignment you will choose an activist outside the direct Sterling College community and interview that person.  After this interview you will write a short paper describing what you learned.  These papers will be circulated amongst the class so everyone can benefit from every one else’s interview.  This assignment will be due in class on_______.   (percentage of final grade:  15%)

7.  Portfolio  This is a three ring binder that you use to compile resources, take notes, and journey into your own responses to class content each week.  We want you to spend some time at the end of each week looking back on readings, class activities and discussions, any leadership you took during the week, and any events you might have attended that have to do with social change.  You will then write a response to that week’s ideas and events, in which you bring together the topics and happenings, turn them over in your mind, and synthesize your response in about a page of reflective writing.  Note on confidentiality:  Please make efforts to keep names out of your writing.  Contents of portfolios will be considered strictly confidential.  If you write about something and then do not wish it to be read by Anne, please fold the page over and indicate with a staple or tape or a note that you don’t want me/us to read it.  We will respect this.  Portfolios will be collected for review and feedback every week.  (15%)

 8.  Personal Expression.  This is a culminating piece that is an opportunity for you to express yourself on any social change/social justice arena that strikes a chord with you.  You can write a piece of prose, compose a poem, create a work of art or a theatrical piece, write a song.  The only requirement is that this is a thoughtful and sincere piece that helps you to process what we have been studying, and move ahead in your own journey as an activist and social change agent.  (10%).

Late Policy:  If you hand in work late, ten percent of the points for that work will be deducted for each day the work is late, up to a total of 50%.

NOTE:  We are aware that students bring a variety of learning styles to class.  We will do our best to address a variety of learning modes; please let us know if certain styles of teaching are not working for you and we can adapt the class accordingly.   If you have learning style needs or a documented learning disability, please check in with Leland Peterson, Sterling College Learning Disabilities Support Person.  Leland can help you determine what accommodations would be helpful for you in this course.