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    Otterbein University
  Nov 24, 2017
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

SYE 4401 - Social Justice, Responsibility and Change

Hours: 4
This course examines causes of social oppression and specific tenets and models of social justice, social responsibility, and social change. Through course readings, films, discussions, guest speakers, visits to and/or volunteer work at local nonprofit organizations, students will form their understanding of social justice and practice social responsibility. Then for a week, the class will travel to an off-site location where students will immerse themselves in visiting and volunteering with organizations that are working to promote social justice. As part of this experience, students will begin to understand some of the root causes of specific social challenges and be introduced to agencies and individuals who are working on behalf of those who are impacted. As part of the course content, students will explore specific tenets and models of social oppression, social justice, and social change from their individual academic disciplines. In the process, the students will identify their personal spheres of influence and specific action steps they may ultimately take to transform the social fabric. In addition to the weeklong trip, students are required to meet for a final wrap-up session upon their return to campus.