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4th Hour

4th Hour Fall 2021 Syllabus  

Read:   4 case studies by (topic)—From Gorski, Paul and Seema Pothini,  Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education ( New York: Routledge, 2018)

Case Studies

Case 3:4  High Expectations or Unrealistic Goals?  pp.  27-28  (income)

Case 3:5  Technology Progress, Equity regress  pp. 29-30 (income, digital divide)

Case 4:3  A Difference in Perspective   pp. 35-36 (ethnicity)

Case 6:3  Diverse Friends Day  pp.  51-53   (Diversity)

Case 8.4  Insufficient accommodations  pp. 71-72 (Ability)

Case 11:3  A Legacy of Privilege on the Soccer Pitch   pp. (diversity)


Written Assignment:  Choose 2 case studies.   1. Identify the bias or inequities in the case.

2. What are the different perspectives?  3.  What are Challenges?   4. Imagine just/equitable outcome  5.  Brainstorm a solution—what would you do?  (you may do this assignment with another person so you can talk through the analysis of the case study.

Create 5 statements related to the case studies that can be used in Agree/Disagree exercise. Examples

  • A class or community activity should be designed so that everyone can participate in the same way.
  • Solution to problems that reflect bias can be considered to avoid conflict

If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it.  John Lewis


Remember that your service sites will expect you during midterm week make sure you are prepared.  You don’t want to miss  service 2 weeks in a row. (midterm and fall break)

Service Reflection


Written assignment:  Service Journal Entry.  Describe your site, your experience, how does it make you feel?  What do you want to bring to this experience?  Reflect in your own way about service experience.

Midterm week.  Your 4th hour will choose to take a midterm break hour on 9/27 or 10/4   


Community Building: 2-4 students will lead community building activities.  Relax, enjoy one another. 

Fall Break—Have a good break

Read  Freire, Paulo.  Pedagogy of the Oppressed.  Chapter- pages 87-92

Written Assignment:  How can you animate the 5 conditions necessary for dialogue at service and in 4th hour?  Which of the 5 necessary conditions of dialogue would be important for you to practice at your service site and why?  (remember to reference why it is important because of who you are as well as the population you are serving)


Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”  Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Remember service site presentations are due next week

Group presentations comparing zip code of one service site and one member of the


See Syllabus addendum for description of presentation and resources

Podcast:  Listen to  A Forgotten History of how the U.S. Segregated America.   NPR  Terry Gross interviews Economist Richard Rothstein, research associate at Economic Policy Institute about laws and policies that created segregation and income inequality.  (34 minutes


Written Assignment:  After listening to this podcast, write about how the  information heard here could make you think differently about poverty.


You will be assigned to small group for student choice 4th hour. 11/15

Reading:  Choose 4 topics or read them all.

Exercise:   Spent   You did this exercise in preparation for your interview for SLC.  Try it again.


Written Assignment:  What is Poverty? What is the cause? How does it affect the people you serve?  How does it impact our society? (this is a very complicated and complex issue due your best to figure out what you know, think, and feel and how you felt during the poverty simulation at orientation)

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” ― Dom Helder Camara

Student Choice  

Students will present a topic of their choice—see addendum at end of syllabus for guidelines.


Partnership Dinner  November 16 at 6pm—Villanova Room: leave service early to be at the dinner.  Your partners will be notified as they are invited.

Looking back and looking forward

Written Assignment: Respond to these questions about your first semester in SLC.

1.      Describe what you have learned this semester?  What have you unlearned?

2.     What are the best things you discovered about the community with whom you served?

3.     What questions have you developed because of your service and learning?

4.     What is one thing you would change about fourth hour?

5.     What do you want to learn about next semester?  Topics

Suggestions for community building next semester.