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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

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

Madeline Lovell

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254309.003.0006

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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