Let’s talk justice

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Course Description:

Understanding how to communicate through the changes and evolution of social justice. By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define social justice and injustice and how to identify their causes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of issues of injustice through various reading, writing and speaking activities.
  • Define oppression and privilege, and how to recognize that privilege and individuals are interconnected.
  • Evaluate how social identities impact their own lives and possibly impact others’ lives.
  • Display working knowledge of issues of injustice and how they can respond to and prevent them.
  • Develop personal reactions to injustice and influence other students toward advocacy for those suffering.
  • Determine an action plan to apply lessons on social injustice toward action ideas. 

TEKS standards:

130.110 110.50
130.275 110.58
130.276 110.61
130.302 110.62
110.63  

Rationale Overview:

“Eight minutes and forty-six seconds. Breathe. Fire. Hands up, face down. Face masks. Marching. Looting.  Breathing.” We have all heard this too often in the last few months. From these experiences, social justice is being brought right onto the world’s front porch and into its quarantined living rooms. 

With such a state of changes in the social justice climate, this course is designed to introduce students to social justice issues to help them discover their ability to create positive change in their own world. They will critically analyze various social movements related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class. The course is also designed to encourage students to explore and discuss how these concepts have influenced human understanding, relationships, and behavior over the last 60 years. 

Duration: Eight 50-minute class periods

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