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Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the WorldJustice in Jesuit Higher Education$
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Mary Beth Combs and Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254309

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254309.001.0001

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Teaching Social Analysis through Academic Immersion

Teaching Social Analysis through Academic Immersion

(p.69) 4 Teaching Social Analysis through Academic Immersion
Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World

Gary k. Perry

Madeline Lovell

Fordham University Press

What does social justice look like in an academic immersion course? This chapter describes a course that addresses the need to link volunteer service with a strong anchoring in social analysis by combining a 15-hour on-campus component and a ten-day immersion experience in New Orleans where students worked in a variety of non-profits. Classes held on campus entailed a rigorous social analysis of race and social class in New Orleans, environmental impacts, the role of social and political systems, the lived experience of New Orleanians, and next steps – to rebuild or not? In New Orleans students did policy analysis, community strategic planning, grant writing, and environmental restoration as part of their participatory action research projects.

Keywords:   Social Justice, Immersion, Volunteering, New Orlean, Non-profits

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