CCOG for SOC 214A Fall 2022
- Course Number:
- SOC 214A
- Course Title:
- Illumination Project I: Interactive Social Justice Theater
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Addendum to Course Description
Students in this course will create live interactive theater performances (based on Theater of the Oppressed forum theater) that will be toured throughout PCC campuses with some community performances. The performances are geared toward creating a campus and community climate that is inclusive and respectful of all people’s culture, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation, and other diversity. This course is a required component of The Illumination Project.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Explain social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience through the application of methods of inquiry and analysis.
- Describe how individual life experiences are influenced by social institutions using the sociological imagination and sociological perspective.Use appropriate social research methods to demonstrate the consequences of systemic oppression (racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism etc) on social groups and society.
- Reflect on the processes that shape and address social problems while locating oneself within social contexts and connecting personal biography and social status with societal issues.
- Describe people, cultures and communities from backgrounds different than themselves.
- Demonstrate respect for diversity, critical thinking, and collaboration by participating as active citizens in their societies and communities, demonstrating respect for diversity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
Social Inquiry and Analysis
Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to apply methods of inquiry and analysis to examine social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience.
General education philosophy statement
Sociology offers a unique perspective that helps us understand how our lives are connected to each other and the larger society. Sociologists use scientific methods to study how societies are organized, why they change, and the different ways that social forces impact people’s lives. The sociological perspective allows us to understand personal troubles as public issues, through the power of social contexts, with varying structures, cultures, and groups shaping our opportunities, attitudes, behaviors, and identities. Theater of the Oppressed’s Forum theater provides a venue for community members to use theater as a way of promoting dialogue and problem solving around social forces that negatively impact specific cultures and groups.
We hope that the careful study of society will empower our students to develop the insights, empathy, and skills to analyze and address social issues such as systemic oppression.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
In addition to following guidelines for assessing General Education outcomes, instructors will assess student learning of course-level outcomes by using various assessment tools, per instructor discretion, such as:
Class participation in discussions and/or in small groups (on-line or on campus)
Short analytical homework assignments on specific concepts or issues
Response papers or journals reflecting on life experiences or social events
Research papers, using analyses of academic sources (i.e., signature assignments)
Quizzes and/or exams
Oral histories and interviews
Oral or video presentations
Community-based learning projects, involving learning objectives, service to community, and reflection
Group research and presentation projects
Additional assignments, as deemed appropriate for assessment of learning objectives
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
The concept of culture that includes personal background, social norms and values as well as dominant and subordinate culture located within U.S. society.
Sociological perspectives related to social problems and the distinction between personal troubles and social problems.
Social institutions, including the economy, government, family, education, religion, healthcare, and media
The impact of social institutions on different categories of people, including social class, race/ethnicity, sex, age, sexuality, ability, and/or regions.
Social stratification and systems of inequity (racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, anti-semitism, ableism etc.).
Connecting lived experience to culture, social structures and systems of inequity.
Challenges and opportunities for social change
Interactive theater as a vehicle for exploring societal structures and opportunities for social change.