Engaging LA Fall 2016 syllabus - 1 Civic Engagement 50SL...

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1 Civic Engagement 50SL: Engaging Los Angeles Fall 2016 Monday 2:00-3:50pm Royce 362 Last updated: September 20, 2016 Instructor: Kathy O’Byrne, Ph.D. Director, UCLA Center for Community Learning [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00pm in A265 Murphy Hall Course TAs: TA : Kim Calder Office Hours: Monday Noon to 2 p.m. Email address: [email protected] Discussion sections: 1A Bunche 3123 Wednesday 2 – 3:50 p.m. 1F Dodd 154 Wednesday 4 – 5:50 p.m. TA : Christabel Cheung Office Hours: Monday 10 a.m. to noon Email address: [email protected] Discussion sections: 1C Public Affairs 1323 Wednesday 4- 5:50 p.m. 1D Perloff 1102 Wednesdays 12 to 1: 50 p.m. TA: Stacey Shin Office Hours: Monday 10 a.m. to noon Email address: [email protected] Discussion sections: 1B Slichter 2834 Friday 10 – 11:50 a.m. 1E Haines 118 Friday 12 to 1:50 p.m. Transportation coordinator: Jamila Leaks , Center for Community Learning, A265 Murphy Hall [email protected] Course Description Civic Engagement promotes an awareness of current events as well as participation in public life, with the goal of developing a diverse democracy. This service learning course focuses specifically on the diverse communities of Los Angeles through lectures and discussions, while offering students the opportunity to have sustained contact with persons different from themselves through their work with a pre-selected community partner. Students will analyze the general shared history of Los Angeles, and compare or contrast the experiences of several
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2 different racial/ethnic groups in Los Angeles. By engaging in meaningful work off-campus, students can reflect on the assets, injustices and inequities that have shaped the experience of native or immigrant communities. The course provides an analysis of our city in which residents coexist and interact, while managing tensions and social justice issues inherent in a minority/majority city. Learning Objectives By the end of the course, students will: Learn the general history and influences which shaped present-day Los Angeles; Gain a general understanding of the current complex and dynamic nature of Los Angeles, and the diverse communities living and working in the city; Compare and contrast the experiences of African-American, Asian-American, Caucasian, Latino, and Jewish communities in Los Angeles;
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