Course Descriptions

Core Courses at DeAnza College

Critical Consciousness and Social Change

  • Students gain a general introduction to issues in social justice, how movements have addressed those problems and an introduction to organizing theory. (4 units)

Grassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power

  • Students explore an introduction to organizing skills and emotionally intelligent leadership development. (4 units)

Community-Based Learning in Intercultural Studies

  • Students complete two hundred hours in internship and practicum experiences. In this intensive mentoring class, taught by Edmundo Norte, Dean of Intercultural International Studies, they reflect on what they are doing in their internships and engage in deep learning on emotional intelligence and on working with others.  (6 units)

Justice, Nature, and the Geographies of Identity: Focus on Silicon Valley

  • Students examine the history of struggles and power relations in the Silicon Valley and gain skill development by doing community research. (4 units)

Electives

Leadership and Power:

  • Grassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power

Leadership Skills:

  • Leadership
  • Environmental Leadership
  • Environmental Team-Building
  • Community-Based Coalitions and Stakeholders
  • Civic Leadership for Community Empowerment
  • Critical Decision-Making in Groups
  • Effective Organizational Communication

Understanding Social Change:

  • Critical Consciousness and Social Change
  • Grassroots Democracy: Race, Culture, and Liberation
  • Grassroots Democracy: Social Movements since the 1960s
  • Sociology of Globalization and Social Change

Leadership Internship:

  • Community-Based Learning in Intercultural Studies
  • Community-Based Learning in Social Sciences