Americans, now more than ever, have been forced to reckon with a history of injustice which has manifest in broad structural inequality. Within this course we will explore the social structures, or agents of justice, (e.g.: employment, immigration, race, education, health care, housing) which support healthy communities or perpetuate injustice. Students will discern their position and place in our community ecosystem while engaging with course themes.
Each week students will apply course material and connect with our global partners in Amsterdam to educate one another about our city’s state of justice. Students will compare the policies, applications of social justice in their communities and ultimately craft a social policy recommendation.
This course offers students an opportunity to learn about our city, analyze issues of justice, and explore the lived experiences of those in our city. The relationship with our global partners provides not only an inter-cultural experience but, also an opportunity to gain the critical skill of developing different communication styles to work together effectively and respectfully in a diverse team.
We will begin our course partnership by welcoming our Dutch colleagues here in Philadelphia during the first week of the course. Dutch and American students will begin their shared learning by visiting social institutions and engaging in course lectures. There is an optional travel opportunity to meet with our University of Amsterdam partners in an International Course Abroad (ICA) at the conclusion of the course in December. Students will engage in lectures and tour the very agents of justice we analyzed all term (e.g., education, housing, employment, healthcare, social services) while experiencing the city of Amsterdam with our partners.