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4th Hour

4th Hour Fall 2021 Syllabus  

Attendance. Since this course is primarily experiential in nature, you need to attend all classes and service. Students who have more than TWO unexcused absences either in fourth hour or service may not pass the class. Your instructor will determine whether an absence is excused or unexcused.

Cell Phones are Off for Fourth Hour

Comfort zone. Some of the material may be new and different, and will touch on sensitive subjects such as religion, politics, poverty, and race. If you are in any way uncomfortable with anything that comes up, please let a member of the leadership team know.

Copies of work. Please keep copies of all the work that you submit for the entire course.

Office of Disabilities (ODS) and Learning Support Services (LSS): It is the policy of Villanova to make reasonable academic accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Go to the Learning Support Services website (http://learningsupportservices.villanova.edu) for registration guidelines and instructions. For physical access or temporarily disabling conditions, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 610-519-4095 or email Stephen.mcwilliams@villanova.edu. Registration is needed in order to receive accommodations.

Academic Integrity. There will be reflection papers and other assignments for this class. These will be based on your experience and the materials covered in the course. In producing these works, you are expected to follow the normal rules of academic integrity regarding plagiarism and collaboration. Collaboration for SL 1000 4th hour is highly encouraged. All students are expected to uphold Villanova’s Academic Integrity Policy and Code. Any incident of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for disciplinary action. For the College’s statement on Academic Integrity, you should consult the Student Guide to Policies and Procedures. You may view the University’s Academic Integrity Policy and Code, as well as other useful information related to writing papers, at the Academic Integrity Gateway web site: https://library.villanova.edu/research/subject-guides/academicintegrity

COVID Policy Code of Student Conduct. Suggested wording: “As it is every member's responsibility to contribute to the creation of a healthy and safe community, students are required to comply with University health and safety directives, guidelines, rules, regulations and protocols in times of emergency and/or public health concern. Violations may be referred for action under the Code of Student Conduct

Academic Integrity All students are expected to uphold Villanova’s Academic Integrity Policy and Code. Any incident of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for disciplinary action. For the College’s statement on Academic Integrity, you should consult the Student Guide to Policies and Procedures. You may view the University’s Academic Integrity Policy and Code, as well as other useful information related to writing papers, at the Academic Integrity Gateway web site: https://library.villanova.edu/research/subject-guides/academicintegrity

Absences for Religious Holidays Villanova University makes every reasonable effort to allow members of the community to observe their religious holidays, consistent with the University’s obligations, responsibilities, and policies. Students who expect to miss a class or assignment due to the observance of a religious holiday should discuss the matter with their professors as soon as possible, normally at least two weeks in advance. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the absence. https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/provost/resources/student/policies/religious holidays.htm


 

Welcome to Spring 2022—
Optional fourth hour—You will be notified by your instructor if you will have virtual or live meet and greet.
Otherwise 4th hour begins the week of 1/24 as you are expected to attend the evening lecture or a freedom school session next week. (see below)

Read Dr. Mrtin Luther King’s Speech at Villanova University 1965
 

No Fourth hour this week. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Lecture or freedom school
Lecture: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Link for lecture will be sent by email when available.
Freedom School https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/peaceandjustice/freedomschool.html
LaDuke is a Harvard-educated economist, environmental activist, author, hemp farmer, grandmother, and a two-time former Green Party Vice President candidate with Ralph Nader. She specializes in rural development; economic, food and energy sovereignty; and environmental justice. LaDuke is an international thought leader and lecturer in climate justice, renewable energy, and environmental justice, plus an advocate for protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

Written reflection Write a personal response to the Keynote Address or Freedom School Session. Please do not submit a summary of what you heard. Respond in your own voice, agree, disagree, or question. Write about, what you want to know more about or how you are thinking and feeling about what you heard. “We want you to take risks, to think deeply about Ms. LaDuke’s lecture or the Freedom School you attended so that the classroom can be alive with your thoughts and voice. That is where dialogue begins.

Topic: Power and Privilege –Anti-Racism

Reading: White Privilege Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Peggy McIntosh
Racial Profiling on the Main Line.” Steve Volk, Philadelphia Magazine. November 30, 2015.
Caroline Foley “Construction of Self Essay: Written for SSLC 4th hour by past member of SSLC.
Or Toppling the Myth of Meritocracy by Michael Sandel. Harvard Gazette College cheating scandal

Written reflection: Define the term Privilege. Add 3 privileges to Dr. McIntosh’s list?
Name one unearned privilege that you have based on your identity, and site an example of how you have benefited from that privilege? Can you name an unearned bias toward you, and how you have experienced that bias? Try to be as concrete as possible. (please do not feel obligated to share what you are not ready to talk about.

Think about What you have thought, done that reflects judgement on a group of people you see as “other” based on their identity? This can be very subtle and often unconscious at the time of through or action.

(form groups for student choice 2/14 ,3/28 and 4/4)

Non Violence:
Dr. Martin Luther King believed that non-violent protest would change society. What is nonviolence, how can the practice be useful in our lives.
Read: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on nonviolence: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/nonviolence

No writing this week.

Service Reflection.

Written Assignment: Think about your service, (this semester or last) what is your experience, how has it impacted you and your view of current events of your dreams for a better country, policies, and society? Has there been a moment in service that moved you to think about issues that affect the people you serve? What is the issue? Would you like to raise a question in 4th hour, so you know what others think about your question?

Be prepared to share a “story” about your service that has had an impact on you? What did you learn from this experience? What have you unlearned?
 

Student choice #1 (one or two groups on different topics related to SLC, service or current event)
1. Students are assigned in 4th hour on 2/3 to choose a topic and lead 4th hour discussion.
2. Leaders should have reliable source of information
3. Students assign readings, video, or essay one week before 4th hour.
4. Students can use video, agree disagree or any form of exercise to create discussion.

 

Disability
Read People First Language “People First Language by Kathie Snow

Pdf: Facts about disability

What do to this week: Practice people first language this week. Keep track of when you need to think about it and how it feels. Be prepared to share about your experience.

Written reflection: Chose one or more of these questions and respond. These are the discussion questions for 4th hour.
When you think of a person with a disability, do you focus on the things the person can do or cannot do? Where do you get the information on which you base your views?
When you think of a person with a disability, do you have sympathy or feel pity for the person?
When you meet a person with a disability, do you see the person’s disability before you see the person?
Do you think about people with disabilities as a group or as individuals?
Do you consider people with disabilities as different from people without disabilities? If so, how are they different?

Advocacy: Return to the “Dynamics of Power” What needs to happen to change the dynamics.
What ethnic or racial groups exist far from the center of power, how are those groups kept at a distance without much energy.
What are the consequences of the inability of certain groups to influence the structure, culture, and practice.


SLC Leadership Applications for facilitator or Co Chair due 3/7  

Educational inequity

Read: What your 1st Grade life, Says about the rest of it
and
The costs of inequality: Education’s the one key that rules them all” Harvard Gazette, 2016.

Think about this for your writing assignment and focus on what you think is important; What is the difference between equality and equity regarding education? What factors affect a child’s trajectory in school? What are the consequences in a society where a good education is not available?

Written reflection: Connect the dots between what you learned about educational opportunity/outcomes and the people you serve.

Think about these questions for 4th hour.
1. Does educational opportunity or quality affect the people at my service site? How and why?
2. Who has the most opportunity? Who has the least? Does this data apply to the people I serve?
3. How does education affect society, culture, community, politics, income?

 

Service Site presentations: What impact does this service site have on me? What questions does it raise about social policy, social structure, education, racism…. What questions does this experience raise for you? Are there injustices in society that sustain inequality or cause poverty in the communities where you serve?

Students will follow the guidelines at the end of the syllabus. Students in the same service site may team up for one presentation.

Service Reflection and Student Choice Presentation #2

View video “The Danger of a Singe Story” Chimamanda Adichie

Written reflection What is the single story that describes the population you serve? Write your own short story, Poem, or slam, or use art to talk about your experience of the people you serve?

Be prepared to read all or part of your essay in 4th hour.
 

Student Choice # #3 see addendum to syllabus: Sample topics Immigration, Mass incarceration watch 13th (Netflix), Antiracism, Mental Health, Health Care.  

Last week of 4th hour.
What now? Evaluation—celebration
 

No Fourth Hour Easter Week

CELEBRATION DINNER 6PM VILLANOVA ROOM
SLC and Caritas Community will come together, to remember and to celebrate our year together. CAP Project presentations and display