Students might find themselves meeting face-to-face with survivors of genocide, discussing immigration with their congressman, or debating trade policy with a coffee grower in Guatemala and a roaster in the U.S. who buys his beans.
Most colleges have community service programs, but Justice Matters goes beyond service to give students the skills to bring about meaningful change.
And those skills—how to identify a problem, examine its causes, consider possible solutions, and put the best solution into action—translate directly into the major and are vital for any career.
This writing-intensive course approaches the Common Good from a variety of perspectives by exposing and interrogating the tension between the individual and society.
It also examines the individual's position in various communities: family, nation, race, class, gender, and other categories of identity.
During ECG 100, students will:
reflect upon and critique their disposition toward social justice, especially in light of the Mission of Cabrini College
begin to analyze the complexities of their interactions with their communities
inspect their connectedness to social groups beyond their immediate communities
explore the foundations of civic literacy in relationship to their own belief system by analyzing terms and concepts like human dignity, right relationships, solidarity, human rights, environmental sustainability, concern for the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, and the common good
These outcomes relate to the Qualities of a Liberally Educated Person.
This experiential, writing-intensive course explores through texts and community partnerships how power, privilege, and difference affect solidarity, equality, and dignity—the essential elements of the Common Good.
Students will expand their moral imaginations through their exploration of contemporary, historical, and cross-cultural causes of systemic justice and injustice in the world.
During ECG 200, students will:
contribute to a community partnership and analyze dispositions towards concepts like inequality, violence, discrimination, poverty, social injustice, and environmental degradation
increase their civic literacy and civic engagement by gaining an operational understanding of the challenges faced by community organizations
articulate how and in what ways their disposition to the Mission of Cabrini College has changed since they took ECG 100, demonstrating an evolving sense of why engagement grounded in concepts like dignity, solidarity, and equality helps to break down barriers that are created using concepts like power, privilege, and difference
examine if and in which ways their engagement with community partners reflects their own belief system about the common good as well as terms and concepts like human dignity, right relationships, solidarity, human rights, environmental sustainability, concern for the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, and the common good
This experiential, writing-intensive course helps students utilize their assets and the assets of community partners (local or global) in the pursuit of social justice.
Students will work with community partners, contributing to research that will be used to expand the capacity and quality of the partner organizations while providing students with life-long tools for civic engagement.
This research also may be used to advocate for systemic changes that will affect greater solidarity with local and global communities. Students will develop skills and strategies to advocate for policies with U.S. and international public and private decision makers.
During ECG 300, students will:
analyze the degree to which the day-to-day work of community partners contributes to systemic change
increase their civic literacy, civic engagement, and sense of civic responsibility by gaining an understanding of various avenues to systemic change and a more just society
engage systemic change by using community-based research, advocacy, or other models of critical engagement
demonstrate—by articulating how their disposition to the Mission of Cabrini College has changed since they took ECG 100 and ECG 200—if and in which ways efforts towards a more inclusive and socially just worldview reflect their own beliefs and the lens of terms and concepts like human dignity, right relationships, solidarity, human rights, environmental sustainability, concern for the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, and the common good
The Engagements with the Common Good sequence culminates in the senior year with a capstone project in the student's major.