The purpose of this course is to help students build the skills, knowledge, and habits necessary to effectively contribute to and participate in the social, political, economic, and environmental life of their communities and world. By building a strong sense of agency among students, this course aims to elevate active participation and leadership in our democracy. An engaged citizenry is an essential component of a thriving democracy. To adequately prepare for a lifetime of civic engagement, students must grapple with foundational leadership questions relating to power, morality, and ethics. This course incorporates experiential/service learning, a proven civic education practice, that extends lessons beyond the classroom and into the community.
Social Science (SSCI)
This course is an introduction to integrative science that focuses on bringing together Indigenous and Western scientific knowledge and ways of knowing for topics like climate change, sustainability, and resilience. The course texts emphasize the interaction between humans and the global environment. Throughout this course, students will explore these interactions from the perspectives of anthropology, indigenous studies, sociology, and political economy. Our societies must find a way to live within our planetary boundaries enforced by the basic laws of science and the rapid progression of climate change. These realities show that we cannot ignore the mutual interconnectedness of people and nature. The course will also encourage students to look beyond market-oriented solutions and ideologies in favor of more globally- equitable belief systems and solutions.