Spring Course: Global Solidarity and Local Actions
Students are invited to register for PEAC/ENVS/ICPR H112 Global Solidarity and Local Actions: Interdepence, Social Change, and Haverford for spring 2021.
Spring 2021 pre-registration runs from Monday, November 16 - Friday, November 20. Register for this course in BIONIC.
Offered by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, this course considers a civics of interdependence. We have a role to play, but who are “we,” what role is that, and what ideas, methods, and skills might help us take action for more just, inclusive, sustainable communities? In a compelling video on our opening page on interdependence, UCLA Professor Ananya Roy suggests that our lives are tied up with global poverty – from what we choose to buy to how we choose to behave civically. Roy says, “We have a role to play everyday, whether in local communities or across national borders, in making and unmaking a world of inequality. To imagine ourselves as saviors of the poor is foolish, but to imagine ourselves as voiceless and powerless is equally foolish.”
We take up this analytical challenge and the action-oriented disposition it suggests, through consideration of key concepts in local-global civic inquiry and action - through the lens of the Philadelphia region and broader national and international partnerships at Haverford College. During class meetings, students will explore key concepts and personal experiences and perspectives together. You will also have the opportunity to hear from staff, faculty, and community partner organization representatives with particular insights related to course topics. The course proceeds through the following key questions:
- How do my identity, my strengths, and my interests relate to advancing social change?
- What theories and methodologies help us advance place-based understanding of interdependence, and how can those approaches help us better understand the Philadelphia region and other civic engagement partnerships the College holds?
- What entry points exist for involvement with regional and international social change partnerships?
- How can participatory and Fair Trade Learning methodologies advance partnerships with communities and community organizations in systematically respectful ways?
- Identify, analyze, and apply critical concepts for engaging fundamental issues of inequality and social justice
- Critically reflect on the intersection of key concepts, institutions, and structures, and their relationship to one’s own identity, vocational, and civic interests
- Identify and develop personal opportunities or ambitions for putting learning into action for greater ethical purposes.
The 1-credit course, which is crosslisted in PEAC, ENVS, and ICPR, will meet virtually on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:10am-12:30pm, EST. In lieu of traditional grading structures, the course will use a labor-based grading contract. Learn more about that and other aspects of the course in the syllabus here - note that specific class meeting information reflects the fall 2020 course and will be updated for spring 2021.