2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Building Resilient Communities


Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

Joli Sandoz academic and creative writing, U.S. literature, research methods in the humanities , Gillies Malnarich sociology, education
Fields of Study
community studies and sociology
Preparatory for studies or careers in
government and public service, education, sociology, social work, non-profit management, community development and organizing

"Placing yourself in the changing world is a worldchanging act," writes Edward C. Wolff, researcher and specialist in the natural history of global change.  In Building Resilient Communities we will learn the integrative skills needed to influence and adapt to change as we consider selected social and ecological paradoxes facing us and future generations. Program participants will have multiple opportunities to develop the habits of mind of analytic, creative, and resilient thinkers who take the time to formulate problems before seeking solutions and who work with others to create life-affirming choices.  Clear and thoughtful writing and opportunities to develop personal perspectives on cultivating a culture of resilience and community-building across significant differences will be essential components of our work together.


Throughout the program, we will place ourselves in the swirl and mix of complex problems. Program participants will discover hidden dimensions of the "familiar" as we rely on close observation and current qualitative and quantitative research to help us first envision and then move toward communities in which all people thrive. Research in winter quarter will deepen our understanding of the challenges facing local communities and how government, non-profit organizations, and the "public" engage with them. Spring work will focus on dynamic community-building, including planning, decision-making, and collaborative action. Students in spring will also work through a complex problem of their choice, integrating theory and practice.


In all program efforts, we will be especially attentive to the following lines of inquiry and their implications: how best to address inequities and complexity within community-building efforts, how to gather and use public information to serve the common good, and how to steer present change into a sustainable future.

Advertised Schedule
6-9:30p Mon/Wed plus 9a-5p five Sat (fall:Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, Dec. 7; winter: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22, Mar 8; spring: Apr 5, 19, May 3, 17, 31)
Schedule and Location
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Internship Required
Community service hours and/or internship required in winter and spring quarters
Offered During
Evening and Weekend

Program Revisions

Date Revision
October 23rd, 2013 Spring Quarter Saturday dates added.
September 27th, 2013 Winter Quarter Saturday dates added.