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Forms of Political Participation: Old and New, Spring 2005
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How and why do we participate in public life? How do we ...

How and why do we participate in public life? How do we get drawn into community and political affairs? In this course we examine the associations and networks that connect us to one another and structure our social and political interactions. Readings are drawn from a growing body of research suggesting that the social networks, community norms, and associational activities represented by the concepts of civil society and social capital can have important effects on the functioning of democracy, stability and change in political regimes, the capacity of states to carry out their objectives, and international politics.

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Political Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Lily
Tsai
Media Constructions of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This kit explores the ways in which King and his legacy have ...

This kit explores the ways in which King and his legacy have been portrayed in various media forms. The first lesson follows a chronology of King's life through interactive decoding of rich media documents (comic books, billboards, songs, music videos, etc.). The following lessons use excerpts of Dr. King's speeches from 1963, 1967 and 1968 to examine his views on social change; explore the portrayal of King in magazine covers, advertisements, Web sites, film clips and monuments; and use letters to the editor about celebrating King to explore challenges to change.

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Arts and Humanities
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Ithaca College
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Project Look Sharp
Author:
Andrea Volckmar
Barry Derfel
Chris
Christopher Carey
Cyndy Scheibe
Eric Acree
Faith Rogow
Kim Fontana
Lauren Trichon
Moira Lang
Robin Rosoff
Sox Sperry
Sperry
Tanya Saunders
Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water & Agriculture
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This kit explores how sustainability has been presented in the media with ...

This kit explores how sustainability has been presented in the media with a particular focus on issues related to food, water and agriculture. Each of the 19 lessons integrates media literacy and critical thinking into lessons about different aspect of sustainability. Constant themes throughout the kit include social justice, climate change, energy, economics and unintended consequences.

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Arts and Humanities
Journalism
Agriculture
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Ithaca College
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Project Look Sharp
Author:
Sox Sperry
Law, Social Movements, and Public Policy: Comparative and International Experience, Spring 2012
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This course studies the interaction between law, courts, and social movements in ...

This course studies the interaction between law, courts, and social movements in shaping domestic and global public policy. Examines how groups mobilize to use law to affect change and why they succeed and fail. The class uses case studies to explore the interplay between law, social movements, and public policy in current areas such as gender, race, labor, trade, environment, and human rights. Finally, it introduces the theories of public policy, social movements, law and society, and transnational studies.

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Law
Economics
Women's Studies
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Balakrishnan Rajagopal
Creativity & Aging Through the Lens of Film
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The objectives of this kit are to improve student perceptions of older ...

The objectives of this kit are to improve student perceptions of older adults in terms of creativity, flexibility and competence, and to broaden their understanding of what constitutes "creative" expression. Both documentary and feature films were used in order to explore the differences in intent between these different media, as well as the issues of time period, race, gender, culture and nationality.

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Arts and Humanities
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Ithaca College
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Project Look Sharp
Author:
Sox Sperry
Our Rights Of The Child Scrapbook
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Respecting a child's race, colour, gender, religion, political view, nationality, origin of ...

Respecting a child's race, colour, gender, religion, political view, nationality, origin of birth. What does this have to do with the students in my classroom or children all over the world? Ethics and social responsibility in the classroom are invited in this unit of study.Have your students ever thought about looking at an idea through different lenses? What about thinking about one item in different ways? Through the thinking, writing, speaking exercises the students will examine the Declaration of the Rights of The Child and will create a scrapbook weaving multiple genres.

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Arts and Humanities
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Reading
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Individual Authors
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Individual Authors
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Individual Authors
Youth Xchange: Climate Change and Lifestyles Guidebook
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The world’s youth will have a significant role to play if we ...

The world’s youth will have a significant role to play if we are to bring about the widespread behavioural change needed to shift towards more sustainable lifestyles and consumption habits. It is important for young people to understand that behind over-consumption lies increased exploitation of resources, rising poverty, widening inequalities and persistent conflicts, all of which will worsen with climate change and eventually will minimize their opportunities for a better and sustainable future. The poorest of the poor, those who cannot consume enough to meet their basic needs, are the worst hit by climate change. Most of these are young people under 24, who make up nearly half of the world’s population, with most living in developing countries.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Reading
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United Nations
Provider Set:
UNESCO
The Boycott, Then and Now
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The boycott is one of the most powerful, time-tested tactics that social ...

The boycott is one of the most powerful, time-tested tactics that social movements have at their disposal. History offers many examples of people joining together to exercise their power as consumers in support of movements for social justice, civil rights, and workers' rights. By calling for people to not spend their money on a target good or service, boycotts can aid these movements by drawing on a wider base of supporters who would otherwise be unable to participate.

This lesson examines the historical development of the boycott as a tactic - with examples of its use by both progressives and conservatives - and looks at some recent boycotts that are related to hot-button political issues.

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Sociology
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Activity/Lab
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Teachable Moment
Author:
Mark Engler
NSA Surveillance and the Politics of Whistleblowing
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Edward Snowden's leak of classified information about the NSA's surveillance of American ...

Edward Snowden's leak of classified information about the NSA's surveillance of American citizens has touched off a debate about the need for government secrecy versus the public’s right to know. Two student readings and discussion questions probe the controversy.

Subject:
Political Science
Sociology
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Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Teachable Moment
Not in Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here
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Not in Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here looks at ...

Not in Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here looks at five communities that are dealing with hate violence. The film’s four segments focus on hate crimes that took place in these five communities between 1999 and 2004. Taken together, the stories reveal that whether the crimes are motivated by racism, anti-Semitism, or gender or sexual orientation, hate is the same. From Sacramento to the center of San Francisco, from the shadow of Mount Shasta to the suburbs of Silicon Valley, community leaders and ordinary citizens have found new and innovative ways to move beyond controversy and differences to create safe communities for all residents. After a transgender teen is killed by local youth in the Silicon Valley suburb of Newark, high school students, residents and civic leaders respond, and in so doing, they struggle with how tod eal with a brutal and preventable crime. The Sacramento community mobilizes after the worst anti-Semitic attacks in the capital’s history. Redding citizens find new strength in diversity after a prominent gay couple is murdered. When a cross is burned on an African American family’s lawn in the Shasta County town of Anderson, the town’s residents join forces to make their values clear. And the San Francisco Public Library turns the mutilation of gay-themed books into an opportunity for creative community action.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
KQED Education
Provider Set:
KQED Education Network
Should Assault Weapons Be Banned?
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Student readings review the origins of the AK-47, the 10-year federal ban ...

Student readings review the origins of the AK-47, the 10-year federal ban on assault weapons, President Obama's views on guns, and the NRA's political clout. Discussion questions and an inquiry-oriented plan for "constructive controversy" follow.

Subject:
Political Science
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Activity/Lab
Reading
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Teachable Moment
Author:
Alan Shapiro
Collaborative Consultation and Larger Systems, Fall 2007
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How do individuals and families interface with larger systems, and how do ...

How do individuals and families interface with larger systems, and how do therapists intervene collaboratively? How do larger systems structure the lives of individuals and families? Relationally-trained practitioners are attempting to answer these questions through collaborative and interdisciplinary, team-focused projects in mental health, education, the law, and business, among other fields. Similarly, scholars and researchers are developing specific culturally responsive models: outreach family therapy, collaborative health care, multi-systemic school interventions, social-justice-oriented and spiritual approaches, organizational coaching, and consulting, among others. This course explores these developments and aims at developing a clinical and consulting knowledge that contributes to families, organizations, and communities within a collaborative and social-justice-oriented vision.

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Management
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
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Full Course
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UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ed.D
Gonzalo Bacigalupe
Here's My Dollar
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Angel Arrellano, a nine-year-old girl from Fresno, CA. spearheaded a campaign to ...

Angel Arrellano, a nine-year-old girl from Fresno, CA. spearheaded a campaign to raise money to be donated to the local zoo. Her enthusiasm and altruism generated an overwhelming response from the Fresno community and beyond, which allowed for much needed upkeep and improvements for the zoo and its animals.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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Basal Alignment Project
Provider Set:
Los Angeles District
Author:
Gary Soto
Producing Films for Social Change
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This is an intensive, hands-on editorial and production course in which students ...

This is an intensive, hands-on editorial and production course in which students pitch their ideas and then research, report, produce, shoot, write, and edit their own short documentary films on social issues affecting the local community, the U.S., or the world. Readings and discussions focus on current news, media ethics, media literacy, the declining credibility of the press, journalists? responsibilities to the public, social justice issues, First Amendment principles, corporate media ownership, media images of women and people of color, and the powerful role of media (TV news, documentaries, new media, digital storytelling) as tools for civic engagement and positive social change.

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Arts and Humanities
Film and Music Production
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Assessment
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Provider:
Tufts University
Provider Set:
Tufts University OpenCourseWare
Author:
Roberta Oster Sachs
International Carbon Footprint Challenge
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Good way to get your high school students involved with climate change ...

Good way to get your high school students involved with climate change solutions and communicate with peers locally and internationally about the topic. Measure your carbon footprint using an online calculator, compare students’ footprints worldwide and/or communicate with schools internationally about solutions.

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Interactive
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Our Changing Oceans and Estuaries
Stanford University
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Inquiry to Insight Project: Géraldine Fauville
Pam Miller and others.
Nelson Mandela and the Fight Against Apartheid
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Students learn about and discuss the history of apartheid in South Africa, ...

Students learn about and discuss the history of apartheid in South Africa, the long struggle against it, and Nelson Mandela’s legacy as a leader in that struggle.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
Reading
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Teachable Moment
Considering President Obama's remarks on the Trayvon Martin Case
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This activity aims to facilitate classroom discussion of President Obama's remarks on ...

This activity aims to facilitate classroom discussion of President Obama's remarks on July 19 about race and the Trayvon Martin case.

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Law
Political Science
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Activity/Lab
Reading
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Teachable Moment
The Politics of Immigration Reform
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Students explore how the growing power of Latino voters improves chances for ...

Students explore how the growing power of Latino voters improves chances for comprehensive immigration reform and consider some of the economic benefits of immigration.

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Arts and Humanities
Political Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
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Teachable Moment
Author:
Mark Engler
Leadership Training Institute
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The purpose of this program is to educate students on the significance ...

The purpose of this program is to educate students on the significance of leadership and relay the concepts of leadership through an interactive curriculum. We hope to instill in our students the four cornerstones of our program: charisma, knowledge, teamwork, and self-reflection.

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Management
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Highlights for High School