PCC Reads 2012-2013: Learning Outcomes

Portland Community College Core Learning Outcomes Diversity Council Based on Analysis of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice

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 employment and housing practices. (Including issues such as child labor, health and safety laws in both employment and housing)
  • Cite and describe unethical employment and housing practices. (Including child labor requirements, fair labor standards, maximum work hours, overtime payment, fair housing act)
  • Investigate strategies to enforce remedies and promote equities.
  • Examine the causes and consequences of racial, gender, and social inequities in educational, community & workplace environments.
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 housing and employment regulations 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 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 the perspective of the authors and the main characters.
  • Examine issues of stereotyping.
  • 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 both the rights of individuals concerning access to equitable housing, education and fair treatment in the workplace, and the societal barriers to this access.
  • 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.