SRSC | Curriculum
The MA in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities is comprised of a thesis and a non-thesis option. Both options require 18 hours of Core Courses plus electives, and if pursuing the thesis option, 6 thesis hours, for a total of 33 hours; students are required to be in attendance during the campus-based SRSC 590 Sustainability Symposium.
Through this MA program, you will be able to:
- examine a range of disciplinary perspectives on social justice
- analyze the interrelationships of issues and interlocking systems associated with social organization and community development
- examine the practical and theoretical principles of sustainability and how to apply them to diverse situations and communities throughout the world
- analyze the power relationships (gender, race, age, class) that historically surround social justice and how these may be changed or augmented to increase social equality and equity
- apply the principles of community organizing and be able to effectively utilize them in a variety of communities
Required Core Courses (18 hours):
Perspectives on Social Justice
|Fall||A consideration of major perspectives concerning social justice issues|
|Fall||The study of and training in community-based participatory action research across different disciplines, focusing on shared perspectives that apply sustainable, community-based problem solving.|
Community-Building for Sustainability
|Spring||Direct participation and research in a topic related to sustainable community-building.|
Social Policy & Social Justice
A study of the convergences and discontinuities between social justice and social policy using critical interdisciplinary theories.
|Second Spring||Culminating residency requirement for students seeking the Master’s in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities. Includes group site evaluations and concluding symposium.|
Foundations of Sustainability (OR)
Examination of the social, economic, and environmental principles of sustainability, with a focus on case studies at both local and global levels.
Environmental Justice & Public Spaces
An examination of environmental justice and place, including historical movements and case studies of the uses and misuses of public space and resources.
Students may choose to write a thesis for six hours of credit (ICSR 599), or to complete six hours additional electives for a non-thesis option.
Student will select 15 hours for non-thesis option or 9 hours for thesis option.
For a list of online elective courses, click here.