Syllabus

Note: the updated syllabus will be available soon!

Tracey Pakstis-Claiborne
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Becker College
Alternate Spring Break Syllabus
Williamsville, WV & Washington, DC
March 7th – March 14th, 2015

TEXT: Articles and videos as posted on Canvas.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is in preparation for the BLUE Crew II alternate spring break to Williamson, WV and Washington, DC.  Topics that will be covered in our preparation include: poverty and privilege, history of WV coal mining, health topics of WV, and activism.

COURSE FORMAT:

The course will incorporate multiple strategies in order to provide students with a variety of ways to successfully accomplish the stated course objectives.  Strategies include readings, videos, group discussion, class experiential learning, and small projects.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of poverty and privilege
  • Understand the history of coal mining in West Virginia
  • Identify and explain relevant health and wellness issues of people living in poverty
  • Define activism and identify incorporating activism into their personal lives
  • Identify the core values of Becker College that pertain to service
  • Synthesize their personal experience of service with their understanding of what it means to be a global citizen
  • Discuss their experiences with third parties in a manner that is scholarly and intentional

ATTENDANCE:

This class will meet weekly for seven weeks, leading up to our trip in March.  Students are expected to attend all classes, and should speak with an instructor if there is an emergency situation.

READING, SMALL PROJECTS & REFLECTIVE JOURNALING:

All students will participate in weekly reading, one small project before the trip, and reflective journaling throughout their entire experience.  The work for this course is designed to enhance learning and prepare the group for an experience in a culture that is different from their own.

Alternate Spring Break– Spring 2015

Course Topics and Preliminary Schedule

Date

Class

Topics

1.16

1

What to expect, fundraising plan, reflection

1.23

2

Defining poverty and privilege

1.30

3

Getting to know Williamson/history of coal mining in the US

2.6

4

Current topics in WV

2.8

Sell bracelets at Winter Carnival

2.13

5

Activism

2.20

6

Presentation of health topics

2.17 -2.28

Farmers Market with Chartwells as Fundraiser?PureJuz Fundraiser?

2.27

7

Orientation with Amizade

3.6

8

Learning how to blog, final reflections

3.7

 

Leave for West Virginia!

3.8

Arrive in West Virginia

3.13

Leave West Virginia for DC/Arrive DC

4.14

Meeting with MA Members of Congress

4.15

12

Leave for DC for MA

 

NOTE: The syllabus is the preliminary plan for the class for Spring 2015.  Based on the identified needs of the students, the perceptions of the professional staff, and other extenuating circumstances, the plan will be adapted when necessary.  Students will be notified in advance of major changes.