Activism, Advocacy and Citizenship

Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

Taught by

mathematics, 3-D modeling
environmental science, environmental health, aquatic ecology
poetry and literary arts, community studies/Middle East studies, journalism
computer studies
law, political science
law, creative writing, literature
Jose Gomez
constitutional law
sociology, cultural and media studies
environmental studies, public policy


Formal admission to the Tacoma Program. Prospective students must attend an intake interview. For information about admission and the application process, call (253) 680-3000.

This year’s program takes a holistic approach to systemic change at the community level. Students will explore the roles and responsibilities of citizens in a representative democracy. We will focus on individual- and community-building practices based on literacy in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, science, media and technology. A major emphasis of this program will be the examination of how citizens effectively advocate and engage in activism to address pressing social, legal, economic and ecological problems. Students will be expected to demonstrate understanding, action and leadership in their areas of interest.

During fall quarter, students will study historical notions of leadership and strategies employed to achieve social change through activism and advocacy in institutional and non-institutional settings. Students will reflect on their personal experiences and the world around them in order to understand how they may apply the insights, knowledge and skills to promote civic engagement and foster change.

Winter's work will be based upon the foundations built in fall quarter. Students will identify, develop and explore models of advocacy and activism that have led to systemic change. They will enhance their knowledge of contemporary social movements, political interest groups, and scientific and legal advocacy. Students will work actively toward the application of this knowledge by developing collaborative action research projects.

In spring quarter, students will join theory with practice, utilizing a variety of expansive methods, from writing to media, in order to demonstrate and communicate their perceptions and findings to a wider audience. They will present their collaborative research projects to the public. The information presented will be directed toward benefiting individual and community capacity as well as communicating a wider understanding of their findings to enhance their own lives, the lives of those in their community and the world that we all share.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

community development, organizational development, law and public policy, education, social and human services, public administration, communication and media arts, environmental studies and public health.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day and Evening

Advertised schedule: All students attend Tuesdays and two additional days. A standard schedule consists of the core Lyceum course offered on Tuesdays (6 credits) and two 5-credit classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This program is offered day (10 am-2 pm) and evening (6 pm-10 pm).


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Special Expenses

Approximately $50-$100 for media, lab and/or storage supplies.

Internship Possibilities

In spring quarter, with program coordinator and faculty advisor approval.

May be offered again in


Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 200



This program accepts enrollment, with formal admission to the Tacoma program.

Course Reference Numbers

Day (16 credits): 10348
Evening (16 credits): 10349

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Accepting New Students


This program accepts enrollment, with formal admission to the Tacoma program.

Course Reference Numbers

Day (16 credits): 20244
Evening (16 credits): 20245

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Accepting New Students


This program accepts enrollment, with formal admission to the Tacoma program.

Course Reference Numbers

Day (16 credits): 30205
Evening (16 credits): 30206

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