In Introduction to Organization and Community Studies, students will begin the process of designing an ongoing action research project embedded within their chosen field or profession. This project will develop over the course of the concentration. This intro course is heavily weighted on personal development, as the project will spring from the student - their strengths, interests, and career/life goals. The course will begin the work of applying personal development theories to organizations and communities - development of organizational /community values, development of organizational /community immunities to change.
Throughout the course, students will be introduced to relevant theories and models from business and social/behavioral sciences, examining the skills and knowledge necessary to design, develop, and sustain change projects for individuals, organizations, and communities. These skills include self-awareness, adaptive leadership, culture building, civic engagement, and goal orientation. The overall degree program requires ongoing application and development of the College Unbound Big 10 Lifelong Learning Competencies. They must demonstrate proficiency at the apprentice level or better in each of the competencies by the end of the introductory course sequence.
Enrollment in Charter Oak’s partnership program with College Unbound. Completion of Cornerstone Course. The College Unbound program is a competency-based program that is a hybrid of on-site cohort support/online course system. With that, course materials are delivered online, but students are frequently asked to engage with fellow students and their communities in-person.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Analyze own temperament/learning style, core values, capabilities, strengths, challenges, and personal effectiveness.
- Apply research skills necessary for the identification of themes, sites, and goals of an action research project - these skills include finding, reading, and analyzing complex documents; conducting an interview; managing data collection; analyzing data; synthesizing information gathered from primary and secondary sources; negotiating with stakeholders; developing research questions; and observation.
- Analyze personal growth in self-assessment, peer assessment, and dialogue about learning and achievement as evidenced in weekly reflections, peer reviews, learning exhibitions, and effective iterations of Learning Plan.
- Analyze bias and others' assumptions and questions viewpoints of experts.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion Board & Participation (Weeks 1-8)
Learner Autobiography (Week 5)
Personal Learning Plan (Week 7)
Annotated Bibliography (Week 8)
Initial Research Project Proposal (Week 8)
Public Learning Exhibition (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Barker, Donald, Melissa S. Barker, and Katherine Pinard. Internet Research, Illustrated. 6th Edition. Boston, Mass: Course Technology/Cengage Learning, 2011. Print.
- Chevalier, Jacques M, and Daniel Buckles. Participatory Action Research: Theory and Methods for Engaged Inquiry. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013. Print.
- Lerman, Liz, and John Borstel. Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process: A Method for Getting Useful Feedback on Anything You Make, from Dance to Dessert. Takoma Park, MD: Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, 2003. Print.
Readings and Exercises
Introduction of course themes, Self as Learner, Internet Searching
Discovering Strengths, Complex Internet Searches
Values Clarification, Using Social Media, Annotated Bibliography
Immunity to Change
Self as Learner Autobiography
Viewing Through the Lens of Researcher/Organizational Values
Community / Civic Engagement and Social Capital
Self-Evaluation/Public Analysis of Your Work/Learning Exhibition
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.