Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action at Evergreen
Winter 2016 quarter
This Student-Originated Studies program is intended for students interested in sociology, psychology, health, sustainability, public policy, social movements, and community development who have made arrangements to carry out a project in a community-based setting, such as health care agencies, schools, and nongovernmental or social movement organizations. The range of academic/community work suited to this program includes working as an intern with defined duties at a community agency, organization, or school; working with one or more community members (elders, mentors, artists, teachers, skilled laborers, community organizers) to learn about a special line of work or skills that enrich the community as a whole; or designing a community action plan or case study aimed at problem solving a particular community challenge or need.
A combination of internship and academic credit will be awarded in this program. Students may arrange an internship up to 25 hours a week, for up to 10 credits. Six academic credits will be awarded for seminar work on community-based studies and social science writing. Students with less than 10 credits of internship may supplement their project with accompanying research, reading, and writing associated with their community work.
The program also includes a required weekly program meeting that will focus on social science writing, community-based learning, and integrating theory and practice. Students will also organize small interest/support groups to discuss issues related to their specific projects and to collaborate on a presentation at the end of the quarter. Students will submit weekly written progress/reflection reports to the faculty sponsor. Contact faculty member Lin Nelson ( firstname.lastname@example.org) if further information is needed.
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 suggestions, and workshops offered through the Center.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day
Advertised schedule: Weekly (Wednesdays): 9am-1pm. Additional meeting held on Friday of weeks 1 and 10 (January 8 and March 11) from 9am-1pm. All Students must make arrangements with their internship supervisors to attend program meetings.