U of U SOC 3200 - DIVERSITY SERVICE LEARNING Syllabus (6 pages)

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SOC 3200 001 DIVERSITY SERVICE LEARNING SPRING SEMESTER 2012 T H 10 45 12 05pm Office 304 BEH S Office Hours after class or by appointment E mail theresa martinez utah edu Prof Theresa Martinez Office Phone 581 5712 Dept Phone 581 6153 Course Description True heroism is remarkably sober very undramatic It is not the urge to surpass all at whatever cost but the urge to serve others at whatever cost Arthur Ashe One thing I know the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve Albert Schweitzer You really can change the world if you care enough Marion Wright Edelman One of things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people Dick Gregory You cannot do a kindness too soon for you never know how soon it will be too late Ralph Waldo Emerson It seems fitting to introduce the task of the course with quotes from Americans whose words focus on the act of giving and whose context in the class will become apparent as the course progresses This course is primarily an opportunity for U students to engage in community service work in the Salt Lake Valley working with diverse populations in various venues The course will be focused on hands on service work in the community In addition the course will explore issues of race ethnicity class and gender through scholarly empirical work as well as provide the opportunity for students to develop leadership and presentation skills Specifically students will choose a service site location such as a detention center a school or an agency so that they can engage in service activities on site or field work The first weeks of the class will focus on preparing students for their field work while during the final weeks we will spend time reflecting on the field work In the interim for the majority of the semester the class will meet regularly only once a week for discussion of course readings visits from community guest speakers and discussions of field work experiences The other weekly class period will be a time for students to be engage in field work at their service site or they can arrange to be on site at a different time that is convenient in terms of resources and transportation I would like you to leave this course with 1 hands on experience with field work at a service site in the Salt Lake valley 2 an expanded knowledge of concrete issues facing diverse populations in the community based on the site experience 3 an expanded knowledge of some empirical literature and material on issues of race class and gender in the U S related to the concept of service and 4 a basis for critical thinking about issues facing diverse populations in the community Required Reading There are no required textbooks or required books of any kind for the class Instead you are required to read scholarly articles and web articles during the course of the semester All required web articles can be accessed through the internet while the Patricia Hill Collins and the Peggy McIntosh articles will be sent to all students as pdf files Web articles are generally brief You are expected to read assigned articles by the dates noted in the course outline For example the Nancy Solomon Michel Martin and Kevin Whitelaw articles are due to be read by January 13th The Patricia Hill Collins and Peggy McIntosh articles are due to be read by January 18th Grading Your grade will be based on a sociobiography field work which will entail feedback from site supervisors personnel a weekly reflection e journal and a final paper Due dates are pretty much written in stone unless you have been informed otherwise by me Late assignments are either not accepted or severely docked unless there has been some prior arrangement made which is rare Sociobiography 3 5 pages TYPED Double spaced Writing a sociobiography entails writing about your life from a specific perspective In this assignment you will write a brief biography focused on how your race ethnicity class and gender have affected your life Remember that each of us has a race ethnicity class and gender even though we might not consciously realize their effects For example African Americans may be more conscious of their racial status than a white person A white woman may be more conscious of her gender than a white man A working class white man may be more conscious of his class status than a middle class Latino If you focus you will be able to see their effects whether positive or negative Writing a sociobiography is a way for individuals to start thinking about themselves as a part of a large and complex society that both influences and is influenced by their actions It is also a way to start thinking about how we are situated within a matrix of race ethnicity class and gender in U S society and what that really means in concrete terms More importantly writing a sociobiography is a way to start thinking about how we are or are not privileged in this society with regard to race ethnicity class and gender Field Work 1 2 hrs week Beginning in about the third week of class students are required to engage in field work at one of several potential service sites in the Salt Lake valley including schools detention centers or other agencies examples include schools the YWCA the Children s Center the Road Home Homeless Shelter Salt Lake Head Start the Salt Lake Police Department the Ronald McDonald House Decker Lake Youth Facility Adult Probation Parole etc Students will contact the service site and arrange field work hours with a supervisor at the site prior to the third week of class If the service site requires training for volunteers the student may count some training hours toward their field work hours the YWCA for example requires training hours Students will be required to spend 1 2 hours each week at the service site engaging in field work appropriate to the site For example students at detention centers may engage in in takes group therapy sessions etc while students in schools may tutor or mentor elementary or middle school students Thursday Class Meetings With the exception of the first two and last weeks of the course when the class will meet on both Tuesdays and Thursdays for most of the semester class meetings will be held on Thursdays during regular class hours This will be a time to visit with community guest speakers discuss assigned readings and talk about the field work experience Reflection E Journal 1 or more pages every week TYPED Double spaced


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