Offered alternating spring semesters First and second year students only | no prerequisites MOI: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons & Values
This course examines the politics of labor and social justice. To do so, we will read up on US farm work, immigrant workers in Oregon’s national forest land (pineros), and transnational workers in factories (maquiladoras). In small work groups, students will learn about the practice of social justice through experiential projects in the Willamette Valley. To successfully complete the course, students must dedicate 40 hours minimum learning from a social justice organization over the course of the semester. Community partners include Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) -- Oregon's Farmworker Union, Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality (SKCE), and Causa Oregon. Given that the classroom will sometimes be the broader Willamette Valley community, this work informs exams and the final project.
Students may also take this course as an elective in the American Ethnic Studies (AES) or Latin American & Latin@ Studies (LALS) programs.
Above: Mural at offices of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)