Catalog • 2011-2012

Living Learning Communities Courses

LLC 200 Social Justice: A Global Perspective - 3 credits

This course is offered to students in the Social Justice Living Learning Community. The course teaches global awareness of human rights violations and a basic understanding of programs and resources existing to combat human suffering. Globalization offers areas for social action and social transformation. Students taking this course will be able to recognize the opportunities for positive change in an increasingly interconnected world. When students recognize their own interdependence with other countries of the world, they become more respectful of people of other cultures and nations of origin. Students will be challenged to transcend parochialism, and gain a new understanding of global inequalities. Topics that will be examined are: HIV/AIDS pandemic, human trafficking, genocide in Darfur, feminization of poverty and violence, war refugees, child soldiers and post-apartheid South Africa. Students will explore existing resources for change such as: The World Health Organization, International AIDS Trust, Peace and Society, Amnesty International, United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, Save the Children, World Visions, Million Voices for Darfur, Doctors Without Borders, and Grameen Bank.

LLC 201 Social Justice Seminar - 3 credits

Social Justice Seminar is a three-credit service-learning course taken by students in the Social Justice Living Learning Community. The course is the second part of a two-course sequence that addresses social justice from a global perspective. The course is composed of two distinct yet independent elements. Students will spend the equivalent of two hours per week (28 hours over the course of the semester) in a service-learning experience. One hour a week will be devoted to class discussions on readings, service-learning experiences and how human rights are protected in the community. Students will study the major theories of ethics and social justice from a Western perspective and at the same time explore their own values and beliefs related to being an engaged citizen.
Prerequisite: LLC 200.

LLC 202 Environmental Stewardship Seminar I - 3 credits

The Environmental Stewardship Living Learning Community (LLC) will provide students with the opportunity to explore the concept of environmental stewardship: what is our relationship with and responsibilities towards nature? Environmental-justice will be considered as part of a broad concept of environmental stewardship. The LLC will also provide the opportunity for students to increase their awareness of local and global ecological environmental issues. Students will be empowered by leadership opportunities to develop the skills and techniques to address environmental and environment-justice issues in their local community and the global community. Course work on ethical theory and environmental justice will be required of all students in the LLC. This course is the first course in a two-course sequence and will focus on environmental ethics. Each year a specific environmental issue will be studied in depth. Field trips during the semester are required.

LLC 203 Environmental Stewardship Seminar II - 3 credits

The Environmental Stewardship Living Learning Community (LLC) will provide students with the opportunity to explore the concept of environmental stewardship: what is our relationship with and responsibilities towards nature? Environmental justice will be considered as part of a broad concept of environmental stewardship. This course is the second course in a two-course sequence and will focus on ethical theory and the concept of environmental justice. Students will explore their own values and beliefs in context environmental justice and will provide a needed service that directly benefits the local or global community. This course will include weekly meetings to discuss the theories of ethics and environmental justice and a 28-hour service-learning experience that will allow the application of ethical theory to an environmental justice issue.
Prerequisite: LLC 202.