Spring 2017 Courses

Supported by the Ethics Center

CAST 170a – Documenting the Immigrant Experience

Instructor: Azlin Perdomo, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM–4:50 PM

This course investigates documentary film as a genre, and explores the potential of the medium for engaging students with immigrant communities in Waltham through hands-on production experiences. Through the process of exchanging narratives with community members, students generate raw material for a final film documentary. Usually offered every year. This is an elective that fulfills the capstone requirement for Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) minors, and also fulfills the Social Sciences distribution requirement within the CAST minor. More about CAST.

Photo credit: Susan Meiselas for Magnum Photos

EL 16a  – The Immigrant Experience in Waltham: A Service-based Practicum

Instructor: Marci McPhee, Director, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life   EL 16a photo
Time: Wednesdays, 12-12:50 PM

This is a 2-credit course that may be taken in conjunction with or following one of several base courses, which change each semester. This supplemental practicum is designed to provide students with hands-on experience with community work and applying some of the frameworks and analysis methods they are learning about in the base course. The practicum is also intended to provide students with an opportunity to realize a social justice aim by collaborating with an organization that is addressing needs of immigrants, and other social justice/social policy issues of interest to the student.

Hands-on community work (3 hours/week) may include opportunities such as: Tutoring immigrant mothers and/or their preschool children learning English at Waltham Family School, Moody Street OR Supporting technology access for underserved populations at Charles River Public Internet Center, Moody Street OR Assisting with after-school enrichment for elementary and middle school children at Prospect Hill Community Center, a low-income housing neighborhood in Waltham OR Assisting with adult English classes at "Breaking Barriers" at WATCH CDC, off Moody Street. Volunteer shifts are available in the morning, afternoons, or evening, depending on the community partner. In addition to volunteering with immigrants, participants will meet weekly as a group (1 hour/week) to reflect on their learning, and will complete written and oral assignments that connect their community experiences with the frameworks and analytical methods of their base course. Base courses include AAAS 177a, AMST 55a, ANTH 1a, IGS 10a, POL 184a, and SOC 122a. Base courses may be taken concurrently or within the past year.

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LGLS 161b – Advocacy for Policy Change

advocacyInstructor: Melissa Stimell
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 PM  3:20 PM

This is an experiential learning course. This hands-on course invites students to address concrete social problems through public policy reform. It provides background in theories, advocacy skills, networks, and key players that drive the legislative process. Focusing on policy change at the statehouse level, students engage with elected officials and community organizations to advance key legislation affecting social welfare, health, education, and economic justice. Usually offered every year.

Interested students should email the Legal Studies Program administrator at legalstudies@brandeis.edu for the registration code before early registration. There are no prerequisites. Priority is given to juniors and seniors and students majoring or minoring in Politics, Legal Studies, and Social Justice Social Policy. This course can satisfy the internship requirement for Legal Studies, HSSP, and SJSP, and qualifies as a writing intensive class and an oral communications class. Students can contact Professor Stimell with additional questions: stimell@brandeis.edu.