Deep disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary inquiry is essential to social justice. In community-based learning and UNXD 130 Social Action, work in and with the community is a core part of a student's course work. CSJ supports the integration of rigorous disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary study with community and social justice-based intellectual work by offering courses and collaborating with diverse faculty and community members. Social justice curriculum and pedagogy promotes student engagement with with fundamental questions of social justice.
UNXD 130 CBL: Social Action is a 1-credit, community-based learning (CBL) course through CSJ. Students integrate their academic studies with critical social action by linking a course in which they are enrolled with community-based service and social justice work through reflection. This course was previously known as the 4th Credit Option for Social Action.
UNXP 130 CBL: Intersections of Social Justice (summer, online, 1-3 credits)
Intersections of Social justice is an intensive 8-week online course for students doing community-based social justice work in the summer months. Student participants learn and immediately apply core theories and skills for social justice work. At the same time, students learn from the process with each other through reflection-based learning activities and digital media. Intersections puts the "learning" in "experiential learning."
Community-Based Learning (CBL) at Georgetown University is an academic course-based pedagogy that involves student work with disadvantaged and underserved individuals or groups, or organizations working with and for disadvantaged and underserved individuals or groups. This form of learning is often called "service-learning." The Community-based Learning model attempts to capture Georgetown's central commitment to partnership with community representatives in designing mutually beneficial outcomes for CBL courses. Approximately 40 undergraduate CBL courses are offered during the academic year (fall, spring, summer) across all four undergraduate schools.
CSJ can help arrange an immersive social justice bus tour of Washington, DC with experienced tour guides for a Georgetown University courses. The tour serves as an introduction to DC’s rich social justice history as well as the city's current challenges around inequality and inequity.
MLK Curriculum Project: "Teach the Speech"
CSJ supports Georgetown’s “Let Freedom Ring!” Initiative in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the cross-campus MLK Curriculum Project - “Teach the Speech" - in partnership with the Provost's Office. One of Dr. King's texts is spotlighted across campuses during the Spring semester. Faculty across the University have integrated King’s speeches including “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and “The Other America” into their diverse curricula from the Medical Center, to the campus in Qatar, to Georgetown Law Center. CSJ creates supplementary resources to assist faculty in weaving these texts into their courses. For more information and resources on this project, contact CSJ's Executive Director, Dr. Andria Wisler.
Social Justice Curriculum Infusion
CSJ staff members welcome the opportunity to meet with GU community members, including faculty and staff, to discuss ways in which social justice themes, speakers and inquiries can be infused into a wide spectrum of courses and programs. CSJ can offer pedagogical, assessment and content-based resources as well as provide introductions to appropriate social justice speakers and partners locally and globally. To schedule a meeting, contact CSJ’s Assistant Director, Social Justice Curriculum & Pedagogy, Amanda Munroe.