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Erin Clowes
CHID 399
Seattle Campus


Off-campus fieldwork with a local, national, or international organization, in an apprenticeship or internship situation. Supervised by on-site field supervisor and Comparative History of Ideas faculty member.

Class description

The CHID 2013 Local/Global Engagements Internship program: Agency, Theory and Change provides a unique opportunity for selected undergraduates to earn full-time, academic credit while exploring the connections between global ideas and local work. Over an 8-week period, students will both work in local organizations with a transnational focus and participate in seminars, which will provide a space for reflection on how to incorporate theory into practice. This is an accessible option, which fulfills the Cultural and Historical Engagements CHID major requirement under the Local/Global Engagements course description. This 12-credit program enables students to have a transnational experience without leaving Seattle. As they build relationships within our local community, students are encouraged to be self-reflexive of their own local position/situation/context while thinking critically about their work experience and exploring the links between local and global systems. In these internships, students will trace local and global intersections in areas such as transnational identity politics, human rights, immigration, indigenous issues, legal rights, and violence.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Two days per week of seminar-style class discussion, including student facilitation. Students will be expected to volunteer 10 hours/week (or 90 hours total). The program is responsible for placing the students into appropriate internship positions. Students may suggest their own placements, but it is not necessary. The internship themes include identity politics, human rights, immigration, indigenous issues, legal rights, and violence.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

We will meet as a group on Mondays and Tuesdays and the remainder of the week will be spent individually working at internships, reading, writing, and researching. The course work will consist of theoretical readings, a sequence of weekly writing assignments, and opportunities to facilitate class sessions, all of which will culminate into a final project and presentation at the end of the quarter.

Some elements of this program will utilize a self-grading process, others will incorporate peer feedback and feedback from instructors, still other parts of the course will be evaluated on a credit/no credit basis. If you do not receive credit for part of your work, you’ll have an opportunity to work with you co-instructors to revise and resubmit within a week to receive credit. Each element of the program will be made up of a variety of activities. You will receive one final grade for the whole program which will be based on the following breakdown: Participation: 20 points Weekly Journal: 20 points Peer Facilitation: 20 points Final Paper: 25 points Final Presentation: 15 points

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Erin Clowes
Date: 04/09/2013