The primary purpose of this course is to give students and understanding of how local governments operate and how they influence everyday life. Topics include leadership structures, interest groups, elections, intergovernmental relationships, and urban functions and services as well as substantive areas of land use, housing, education, and city services. While this is an online course, students will actively participate. This will require students to become knowledgeable about a local issue about that concerns you and write a letter to your local government and analyze the city where you live.
- Teacher: Christine Bricker
This course explores the ethical responsibilities of people who work to ameliorate environmental degradation as well as end oppression of human beings. Students explore the religious tenets of environmental justice movements internationally and in the United States. Course topics focus on Theravada Buddhism in Thailand, indigenous East African beliefs in Kenya, Catholic social teachings in the United States farmworkers? movement, and black liberation theology in the United States movement against toxic waste dumping in politically marginalized communities. Finally, students gain understanding of the cultural symbols and negotiated relationships that are critical for successfully countering environmental degradation in complicated political contexts.General Education: WAC 2: Writing and Research in the Liberal ArtsGeneral Education: Humanities: Philosophical InquiryGeneral Education: CIV: Social Justice; CIV: Service Learning
- Teacher: Matthew Hoffman