Britt T Yamamoto
Each colloquium examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. A list of topics is available from the CHID office.
Bringing it Home: Integrating International Experiences is a special offering designed for students who have returned from immersion experiences in international settings (preferably of at least three months duration and within the last 12 months). The focus of this course is to provide students a forum for reflection on their international experiences, processing reverse culture shock experiences upon returning to Seattle, and values clarification on the meanings of ‘diversity' within the global and local communities. In the class we will address issues of power and privilege, social justice, what it means to be civically engaged at the local and global levels, and the tensions and differences between tourism vs. travel, and community service vs. engagement.
Class meetings will be divided between lecture, seminar discussions, student presentations and guest lectures. In conjunction with this class, students will volunteer a significant amount of time—around 30 hours over the quarter--in a community-based organization in Seattle that will be linked with student's individual interests and future avocations. These will include health and social services sites for marginalized, homeless, and refugee and immigrant populations, organizations doing international education, and those linked to ongoing projects in the Global South.
Student learning goals
Articulate in a more complicated and thoughtful manner the ways in which the international and the local community service experiences have impacted their values, skills, abilities, and future avocations. This may be realized verbally, in writing, and/or through the arts.
Sharpen critical thinking skills that will help them to more deeply reflect upon their own international experience within the context of global, national, and local social justice.
Acquire language that will help them to make explicit connections between their life experiences and the principles of community, social capital development, democracy, and diversity.
Become aware of some of the professional and career opportunities in civil society from interactions with professionals in the field;
Be introduced to, and become proficient with, a variety of online educational technology tools.
Understand the core principles of reflective practice and how it can be integrated into their lives.
General method of instruction
Each week, there will be one class meeting, consisting of 170 minutes. Each class meeting will be divided between lecture, seminar discussions, student presentations and guest lectures. Outside of class, students are expected to volunteer a significant amount of time—around 30 hours over the quarter—working in a community based organization. These organizations have already been selected due to their relevance and close connection to course objectives. Furthermore, weekly assignments will be required as well as a final presentation, evaluation and final paper.
Class assignments and grading
As a 400 level course, we expect a high level of participation from all class members. We expect that you will read the assigned readings before coming to class, attend class regularly and participate in an active and thoughtful manner. Additionally, for the service project, we expect that you will treat it as you would any professional opportunity. More on the specific expectations of the service project are covered in a later section.