A UNC class is partnering with The Marian Cheek Jackson Center through APPLES Service-Learning to focus on social change and globalization.
Paradigms of Development and Social Change, taught by UNC Global Studies professor Michal Osterweil, requires 30 hours of service with a community partner. She got the idea for the course after teaching several classes critiquing globalization and development. Students would often ask how they could create social change if globalization was not a viable solution. Paradigms of Development and Social Change was created when she decided to address those concerns.
"The class originated and emerged out of other courses I was teaching," Osterweil said. "I teach about globalization and social movements and development, and students were writing me after graduating or just after the class and saying, 'Oh my God, I learned so much in your classes, and they were very critical of development and the kinds of things we traditionally do to help.'"
The Marian Cheek Jackson Center is in the Northside neighborhood, and focuses on honoring the history of and building community in the neighborhood.
Osterweil developed the syllabus with the Jackson Center in mind as a service partner, as well as other service projects her students were currently working on. The Jackson Center has a strong model of sustainable service that seeks to address the root of problems, she said.