Advocacy for the Common Good

Social Concerns Seminar
CSC 33900

This one credit course aims to develop a shared understanding of advocacy and the common good, and to cultivate skills to help strengthen students' advocacy planning and action in pursuit of social justice. This course is co-facilitated by seasoned advocates and organizers from Catholic Relief Services. The opening weekend workshop (January 20-21) will introduce students to advocacy tools and skills, including mapping power, navigating the legislative process, mobilizing, developing effective messaging and influencing decision makers. Students will then form groups and spend twelve weeks to research, develop and implement advocacy campaigns on a particular issue. (Immigration/migration, human trafficking, environment, racial justice, gun violence and minimum wage will be issues of particular concern). There will be four check-in class sessions and a final class session in which each group will share its campaign phases - research, media use, public meeting - and address challenges as well as celebrate successes. Non Traditional Meeting Days/Dates/Times: Opening Training: Fri., Jan. 20, 5:00–9:00 p.m. & Sat., Jan. 21, 9:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.; Check-ins: Mondays 1/30, 2/13, 3/5, 3/27, and 4/10 from 5:00–6:30 p.m.

Placements: 
30
Credits: 
1
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