Rebecca A Watts Hull
Ruthie Yow
HTS 2803
Fall 2023
Fall 2022

What kinds of knowledge, skills, and practices help people work together to transform society?  Collective action enables groups of people to advance solutions to complex social and environmental challenges. In a democratic society, organized groups are better able to develop, articulate, and assert shared interests to advance equity, accountability, effectiveness, and sustainability in social institutions. Individuals and groups use similar strategies to advance social change within organizations, from universities to corporations and government agencies. What kinds of knowledge, skills, and practices help people work together effectively around a shared idea, concern, or interest? In this course we will explore social theory and community organizing frameworks that guide change agents on college campuses and within organizations and communities throughout the U.S. We will draw on these perspectives, along with case studies and Serve-Learn-Sustain community-based partner organizations, to understand and practice strategies and skills used to advance social change. Students will apply the knowledge and skills they develop and work with a community organizing mentor to create a plan of action for a positive social change on campus. CivicGeorgia and other community-based organizations will share their experiences and help students understand connections between change-making on campus and in society more broadly.

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Partner Engagement