Justice Matters: Our Interconnected Hemisphere

Dr. Cynthia Halpern leads a Spanish language oriented ECG 200 course Our Interconnected Hemisphere. As one of the Engagements with the Common Good courses, students combine coursework with community-based service learning through engagement with students in the Norristown Area school system. The aim of the course is for students to come away with a personal philosophy based on both their experiences in the schools and their intellectual understanding of contemporary and historical socio-political forces at work in Latino immigrant communities. Students enrolled in this ECG seminar must simultaneously take this class with an intermediate-level Spanish class in order to help them communicate more effectively and engage more fully with their community partners. The syllabus reads: “The course will emphasize writing and interpersonal communication with the use of the Spanish language in many circumstances, making their study of Spanish immediately applicable and meaningful. This learning community requires community involvement in Norristown and possibly in Latin America for the purpose of helping students to understand the spiritual, cultural, political, and economic connectedness of local and global communities in theory and practice—expanding their appreciation for interdependence, reciprocal obligations, and solidarity.”

Submitted by: J. Hasse, Reference Librarian

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