Human Development and Social Change   [Archived Catalog]
2011-2012 PO Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

HD 381 - Human Development and Social Change

3 credits
This course will examine the importance of promoting positive social change in times of national stress. Exploring the connection between ones own personal growth and the act of evoking actual change, students will learn useful techniques based in storytelling, art, performance, and action research. Readings will be assigned from feminist theory, cultural studies, critical race theory, participatory democracy, and other frameworks for social change. To put their new thinking into action, each student will design a project proposing actual change at an organization, school, community or government agency. If a student already has an ongoing project addressing social change, this course can be used to improve that project.