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PUB 322: Cities and Communities

Course Description

This seminar is premised on the importance of connecting students to conversations with local speakers, businesses, and community-based organizations that are conducting similar action-research projects in order to examine how they disseminate, persuade, and advocate. Students meet in cohorts to examine the local factors enabling or barring change in their field. Course texts revolve around histories of generational shifts, city planning, migration, and development. Students apply theories of change to their individual projects as well as to the design of a group project where they are tasked with arranging appropriate guest lectures from their local communities.

Prerequisite

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:

  1. Identify phases of place-based research.
  2. Evaluate methods, forms and approaches found in the various dissemination exemplars.
  3. Apply the various concepts of community to community organizing.
  4. Analyze the different types of organizing goals, roles and organizing strategies.
  5. Recognize the value, power and resource differences that impede community organizing and development.
  6. Use social histories, oral testimony and community dialogues to discuss experiences of identity, diversity, migration, pluralism and assimilation with neighborhood residents, institutions and businesses.
  7. Apply theories of archival practice to documenting research materials and interviews.
  8. Evaluate the ways in which community elders impart or withhold knowledge and experiences and the consequences of these decisions.
  9. Develop a public speaker series on city-wide current events.
  10. Apply the skills of growth communication, co-leadership, active listening, sharing and responding and reflection.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Readings, Postings and Class Participation

10%

Field Research Exercise

30%

Public Speaker Event

30%

Civic Vision

30%

Total

100%

Required Texts

  • Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall and Steve Max. 2010. Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists, 4th ed. Santa Ana, CA: Forum Press.
  • Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-first Century.Peter Dreier, John Mollenkopf and Todd Swanstrom (University Press of Kansas), 2001
  • Smart Growth, Better Neighborhoods: Communities Leading the Way (National Neighborhood Coalition), 2000

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1,3

The Fundamentals of Direct Action Organizing

  • Readings:
    • Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall and Steve Max. 2010. Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists, 4th ed. Santa Ana, CA: Forum Press.
      • OSC, Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Direct Action Organizing (p.5-19)
      • OSC, Chapter 6: Organizing Models (p.61-68)
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture Material
  • Ask any questions on the Q&A Forum
  • Submit Written Proposal

2

2,3

Choosing An Issue and Developing Strategies For Action Based Research

  • Readings:
    • Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall and Steve Max. 2010. Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists, 4th ed. Santa Ana, CA: Forum Press.
      • OSC, Chapter 3: Choosing an Issue (p.21-27)
      • OSC, Chapter 4: Developing a Strategy (p.29-44)
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture Material
  • Ask any questions on the Q&A Forum
  • Identify and Attend Second Meeting of Civic Organization
  • Submit Organization Assessment
  • Submit Cutting an Issue Assignment

3

6

Introducing Your Project; Why People Organize

  • Readings:
    • Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall and Steve Max. 2010. Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists, 4th ed. Santa Ana, CA: Forum Press.
      • OSC, Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Direct Action Organizing (p.5-19)
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture Material
  • Ask any questions on the Q&A Forum
  • Identify and Attend Second Meeting of Civic Organization
  • Submit Reflection Paper
  • Submit Reading Response Paper

4

6,7

Mobilizing Analysis: Strategy, Deliberation, and Decision Making

  • Readings:
    • Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall and Steve Max. 2010. Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists, 4th ed. Santa Ana, CA: Forum Press.
      • OSC, Chapter 5: A Guide to Tactics (p.45-59)
    • Habitat International Coalition, Organizing: Fundamental Principles of Direct Action Organizing
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture Material
  • Ask any questions on the Q&A Forum
  • Submit Reflection Paper

5

8,10

Communities in Action: Organizations

  • Readings:
    • Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall and Steve Max. 2010. Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists, 4th ed. Santa Ana, CA: Forum Press.
      • OSC, Chapter 12: Planning and Facilitating Meetings (p.127-138)
      • OSC, Chapter 13: Public Speaking and Presentations Using Power Point (p.139-158)
    • Janczak, Sergio. The Strategic Decision-Making Process in Organizations. Problems and Perspectives in Management, 3/2005.
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture Material Ask any questions on the Q&A Forum
  • Conduct Interviews
  • Submit Interview #1 and #2

6

8,9,10

Becoming a Good Organizer

  • Readings:
    • Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall and Steve Max. 2010. Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists, 4th ed. Santa Ana, CA: Forum Press.
      • OSC, Chapter 6: Organizing Models (p.61-68)
    • Community Organizing or Organizing Community? Gender and the Crafts of Empowerment.
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Ask any questions on the Q&A Forum
  • Review the Lecture Material
  • Prepare to Host Public Speaker Event
  • Submit Week 6 Assignment

7

9

Public Speaker’s Event

  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture Material
  • Submit Reflection Paper
  • Submit Public Speaker’s Event Essay

8

10

Public Exhibition

  • Readings:
    • Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall and Steve Max. 2010. Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists, 4th ed. Santa Ana, CA: Forum Press.
      • OSC, Chapter 23: Controlling Your Work (p.297-305)
      • OSC, Chapter 26: Working for the Long Haul (p.357-363)
    • Smart Growth, Better Neighborhoods: Communities Leading the Way
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture Material
  • Submit Civic Vision Final Paper
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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