Spring 2019 Courses

Supported by the Ethics Center

CAST 170a – Documenting the Immigrant Experience

Instructors: Jenny Alexander and Daniel Mooney  
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 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. The 2019 course takes as its focus members of the local Muslim community and their particular challenges and experiences in contemporary US society. 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

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 program administrator Anabela Afonso at aafonso@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.