A Justice Site
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Latest update: August 28, 2000
Jeanne Curran, Ph.D., Esq.
Professor of Sociology
Office: SBS B 236
Soc. 395-09: Special Topics -Love and Peace
M,W, 11:30 - 12:15 p.m.
Office Hours: Tuesday, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. and by appt.
Phone: (310) 243-3831
- Focus: Love and Peace is a continuation of the work we began in Love 1A on Leo Buscaglia's theory of special education, meaning special in that all of us are unique. Those of you who did not have a chance to read Buscaglia's Living, Loving, and Learning should do so. This semester we will take many of those same concepts into Fellman's approach to creating a more peaceful society. Like Habermas, Fellman has the faith that we can do it. We need to explore their reasoning and their practice.
- Texts:Required:Fellman, Gordon. (1998) Rambo and the Dalai LamaAnd additions to list during first week of school.
Grades can be important feedback when they are collaborative and used as feedback to guide further learning. They are harmful when they become a reified end in their own right, when they become commodified. Because we are required by the institution to give grades, there must be a means of your letting us know what you have learned. Because we specialize in the teaching of peace and social justice, we are distressed at the structural violence inherent in most testing.
The overall grading criteria is based on the 5Cs - communication, consistency, competency, creativity, and cooperation, (refer to Evidence of Learning on the Dear Habermas site, "lrngevid.htm"). Your coursework must show scholarly discipline in conceptually linking your learning to theory, policy, practice, and to course readings and discussions, with appropriate citations to academic sources; should also show some creative thought on the issue.
Requirements are based on the measures of learning that we have found most valuable in working with our students. This means that we insist that you write, because writing is still important to communication, albeit switched to e-mail. Your active participation -- attendance, current events, class discussions, and other course related activities -- is an important element in this course. Don't become a "field mice". For more details, refer to "Evidence of Learning" on the Dear Habermas site (filename: lrngevid.htm)
Journal -- Each student must have a self-contained notebook for use throughout the course; bringing the journal to every class meeting. In the journal, you will be expected to record and keep as your record, each prepared message you send, and that you received a response. If you did not, you should record when you last checked your e-mail and then record what you did about the problem. Your teacher will respond to the prepared? e-mail, but you will need to keep your own record that it was respnded to and when. In addition, you will record new words looked up in the dictionary; questions and reactions to the readings and/or class discussions, and so forth.
You must take responsibility for your learning, which includes keeping records of your learning in your journal (a bounded notebook). Be sure to maintain all records and measures of your learning (i.e., backup hard copies and/or electronic storage of all or your work). If you are working in a group, be sure to have all work carbon copied to all group members.
Debriefing -- Toward the end of the semester, each student will have an opportunity to give an oral presentation of his/her learning as it relates to "Options for Moving Towards Peacemaking in our Daily Lives" .