Please note that this course offers an introduction to the cooperative businessmodel.In this course, students will begin to develop the skills and insight needed to develop and manage a cooperative business. We we will explore the origins of the cooperative movement through real-world examples, as well as anti-oppression and anti-racism education. Students will meet each week with faculty through workshops, reading seminars, and collaborate as a team to guide our learning through democratic decision-making and governance. We will also focus on building team leadership and management skills throughout the quarter, including responsive project management, effective and compassionate communication, continuous learning skills, and strong teamwork using peer-to-peer learning, democratic decision-making, and a flipped classroom approach.
Our study will require 2.5 hours of synchronous work a week and 7.5 out-of-classroom hours of work. Technology required for successful engagement includes high speed internet and a computer (not just a cell phone) for Canvas; Zoom (including breakout rooms with audio and video), and MS Office 365 including One-Drive. Students will also need to be able to conduct online research and access film streaming services through the Evergreen Library, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. If students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they should be pro-active in working with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related or reduced credit.