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Human Rights & Social Justice Exploration Intensive

Explore these slogans and “be the change you want to see in the world” in DPA’s Human Rights & Social Justice Intensive! 

There is nothing more important than being able to understand, evaluate & navigate the complex dynamics of the pressing social justice and global issues impacting all of us on a daily basis. DPA supports the various social movements associated with these issues and is committed to guiding students through a process of self, global, and community exploration.

This course is one in which students identify, research, analyze, and discuss contemporary social, economic, and political issues and events from multiple points of view. The course covers the global context of issues, as well as their importance in local, state, or national affairs. Students will study the topics in their historical and modern context, thereby making connections from past to present. Students will engage in multiple texts, research, discussions, guest speakers and excursions.

Students will create service learning projects over the course of the year and be asked to present their experience.

Topics will differ due to the changing nature of global events, but they will all revolve around the following broad objectives:

  1. Examine the major streams of social justice thought processes such as social movements, social equality, personal freedom, and capital, access to social resources, marginalization, stigmatization, racism, sexism, genderism, discrimination, and the ways in which society respond to these issues
  2. Demonstrates the nature and characteristics of several social problems, the theoretical frameworks for understanding such social problems, and the potential solutions that promote social justice. An empirical overview of problematic conditions (e.g., poverty, violence, crime, inequalities related to racism, sexism, and ageism, and imperfections in the major social institutions of family, education, and criminal justice) in the United States and other societies will be presented, along with some solutions to bring about social justice for all.
  3. Basic human rights philosophy, principles, instruments, and institutions. This course aims to explore some aspects of the diverse and increasingly complex body of international law of human rights that has both national and international applications. The course also seeks to analyze the ways in which allegations of human rights violations are dealt within the United States courts and the impact of human rights discourse on international politics and relations.
  4. Designed to equip students with the appropriate leadership skills necessary to bring about positive social change within their communities and society at large. An exploration of how race, class, gender sexual orientation, religious oppression, ableism, disability, and heterosexism are social constructions that affect our identities, relationships, perceptions of the world, and our position within it.