Justice Matters: Community Based Arts and Education

Dr. Nancy Watterson leads the ECG 200 course Community Based Arts and Education. As one of the Engagements with the Common Good courses, students are asked to consider how power, privilege, and difference affect the essential elements of the Common Good — solidarity, equality, and dignity. As a complement to their coursework, students participate in community-based learning through weekly engagement with students from either Olney High in Philadelphia or Stewart Middle School in Norristown.  The aim of the course is for students to come away with a personal philosophy based on both their community experiences and their intellectual understanding of contemporary and historical socio-political forces at work in these schools. The syllabus reads: “Ultimately, we come to terms with how and why it takes hard work to build rapport, to create a truly respectful and mutually reciprocal environment, and why the effort-and process-of the struggle remains so necessary and so worthwhile.”

Submitted by: J. Hasse, Reference Librarian

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