Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action

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Fall 2018 quarter

Taught by

political economy, political science

This Student-Originated Studies (SOS) program is intended for upper-level students with a general background and interest in social science, community organizing, public policy, social movements, and social justice. It is offered to students who are making (or have made) solid arrangements with community-based organizations or agencies to shape an internship and students who are prepared to do an individual project in community-based learning, organizing, research, and participation. Students will have strong links to organizations, regional social movements, community mentors, and partners who will be the students' guides and hosts in their work.

A combination of internship and academic credit will be awarded. Students may arrange for an internship for up to 35 hours a week. Academic credits will be awarded for seminar work on community-based studies, social science, and participatory action research. Students with less than 8 credits of internship may supplement their project with accompanying research, reading, and writing associated with their community work. The program includes a weekly program meeting that will focus on discussion of readings in social science, community studies, and participatory research. There will be other meetings as needed and in connection with community life and events.

Occasionally seminars may be replaced with relevant campus and community workshops and events. Students will be doing extensive writing, both as analysis of readings and as field-based journals and reflection. Students will organize small interest/support groups to discuss issues related to projects and to collaborate on a presentation at the end of the quarter. Students will submit weekly journals to the faculty sponsor.

The program is connected to Evergreen’s Center for Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA), which supports learning about, engaging with, and contributing to community life in the region. As such, this program benefits from the rich resource library, staff, internship support, and workshops offered through the center. Students must have all of the contacts for their internship or project plans done before the quarter begins in late September 2018.

Program Details

Fields of Study

community studies political economy political science

Preparatory For

social science, education, community organizing, and social change.


Fall Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online