PCC Reads 2011-2012: Learning Outcomes

Portland Community College
Core Learning Outcomes
Analysis of Diversity, Equity and Social Justice
From the SYL Diversity Council
Communication

Communicate effectively by determining the purpose, audience and context of communication, and respond to feedback to improve clarity, coherence and effectiveness in workplace, community and academic pursuits.

  • Give voice to conditions faced by marginalized populations (including: impact of unethical behaviors on society, especially as they pertain to disenfranchised peoples; giving voice to the plight of the less empowered; self-­‐empowerment, personal responsibility and acquisition of knowledge) through a variety of modalities (including: visual art, Zine, webpage, posters, photography, performance art, music, technology [tweet, blog] and discussion groups)
Community and Environment Responsibility

Apply scientific, cultural and political perspectives to natural and social systems and use an understanding of social change and social action to address the consequences of local and global human activity.

  • Identify and analyze the ethical considerations regarding medical and scientific experiments and practices (including: informed consent, patient rights, institutional responsibilities)
  • Cite and describe unethical and nonconsensual medical experiments on human subjects throughout history
  • Examine the causes and consequences of racial, gender, and social inequities in health and healthcare (including: disease & illness, community & workplace environments, access, treatment)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Identify and investigate problems, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate methods of reasoning to develop creative and practical solutions to personal, professional and community issues.

  • Identify and examine laws, policies, and practices in medicine and science that contribute to, and challenge, social inequity
  • Identify key themes of the text and develop a creative and informative project/activity based on those themes to raise awareness at SYL PCC
Cultural Awareness

Use an understanding of the variations in human culture, perspectives and forms of expression to constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community.

  • Examine cultural perspectives (including: assumptions, values, power, and privilege) through an understanding of voice and positionality—the authors and the main characters
  • Describe the effects of discrimination on family, community, and society
Professional Competence

Demonstrate and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program.

  • Describe ethical foundations necessary to promote a civil society, especially as it involves fair and just treatment among diverse groups
  • Work effectively in a diverse professional setting, using knowledge of cultural differences to communicate and cooperate effectively
Self Reflection

Assess, examine and reflect on one's own academic skill, professional competence and personal beliefs and how these impact others.

  • Reflect on a personal perspective regarding the rights of individuals over their bodies versus the needs of society to progress in medicine and science
  • Articulate the meaning and relationship of PCC Reads (as a learning experience) and the selected book (as a text) to the role of student leader

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