RCCORE 334 - Special Topics
Section: 005 Environmental Justice Organizing in Detroit
Term: FA 2017
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
With permission of department.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course looks at movements, resistance, resilience, and liberation. Community organizing is one of the most popular areas of specialization to the School of Social Work. A growing body of evidence reveals that people of color and low-income persons have borne greater environmental and health risks than the society at large in their neighborhood, workplace, and playgrounds. Over the last decade grassroots activists have attempted to change the way governments implement environmental and health laws. Grassroots groups have organized, educated, and empowered themselves to improve the way government regulations and environmental policies are administered. In a class setting we will connect history, current events, and real-life experiences to local organizing and movement struggles that build power for our communities. These courses will utilize highly interactive popular education methods where participants share political analysis, learn facilitation and organizing skills, and think together about long-term, transformative strategies to build environmental, racial and economic justice. It is critical for organizers, activists, scholars and community members to come together, connect our work with each other, share our experiences and place our local organizing within a larger historical and political context. We can build deep and strong social movements that act strategically and collectively over the long term.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will develop actual tools in popular education, facilitation and workshop organizing that can be applied immediately in the field
  • Understand the roots of Environmental Racism/ Injustice
  • Understand how organizing in grassroots communities is unique
  • Understanding and practicing grassroots methods of organizing from the block to block and neighborhood to neighborhood level
  • Understanding the differences between organizing methods: protests, campaigns, community organizing and movement building

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RCCORE 334 - Special Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Class meets in Detroit
005 (SEM)
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Class meets in Detroit
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