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Downtown Management Organizations
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This course focuses on the origins, functions, and implications of downtown management organizations (DMOs), such as business improvement districts, in a variety of national contexts including the United States, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. It critically examines how a range of urban theories provide a rationale for the establishment and design of DMOs; the evolution and transnational transfer of DMO policy; and the spatial and political externalities associated with the local proliferation of DMOs. Particular emphasis is given to the role of DMOs in securing public space.

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Political Science
Social Science
Sociology
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Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Hoyt, Lorlene
Date Added:
09/01/2006
Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in U.S. Society
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This book introduces topics about identity, dress, and the body. Through the content, readers explore how individuals and communities use dress as a way to communicate (i.e. “negotiate” in fashion studies) their various identities. There is heightened attention to social justice, power, privilege, and oppression. That is, the content focuses on the experiences of historically marginalized communities and the ways they navigate dress and dressing their bodies in different contexts. In the first part of the book, readers are introduced to concepts and theories related to fashion, clothing, dress, and/or accessories. In the second part, readers examine the role that fashion, clothing, dress, and/or accessories play in identity development for individuals in marginalized communities in the United States.

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This book introduces topics about identity, dress, and the body. Through the content, readers explore how individuals and communities use dress as a way to communicate (i.e. “negotiate” in fashion studies) their various identities. There is heightened attention to social justice, power, privilege, and oppression. That is, the content focuses on the experiences of historically marginalized communities and the ways they navigate dress and dressing their bodies in different contexts. In the first part of the book, readers are introduced to concepts and theories related to fashion, clothing, dress, and/or accessories. In the second part, readers examine the role that fashion, clothing, dress, and/or accessories play in identity development for individuals in marginalized communities in the United States.

Word Count: 33371

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Subject:
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Iowa State University
Author:
Kelly L. Reddy-Best
Date Added:
08/01/2020
Drugs, Politics, and Culture
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This class examines the relationship between a number of mind-altering substances and cultural processes. We look at the relationship between drugs and such phenomena as poverty, religion, technology, inter-generational conflict, colonialism, and global capitalism. We read about the physiological and psychological effects of these substances – ranging from alcohol to LSD, cocaine and ecstasy – and ask why different societies prohibit and sanction different drugs. We examine the use of mind-altering substances in a number of “traditional” societies, and follow the development of a global trade in such substances as sugar, coffee, tea, nicotine, cocaine, and marijuana concurrent with the evolution of global capitalism. We look at the use of LSD as a mind-control substance by the CIA and as a mind-altering substance in the 1960’s counter-culture, and we look at the rise of Prozac® and Viagra® as popular, if controversial, pharmaceutical products in recent years. Finally, we evaluate America’s current drug laws.

Subject:
Applied Science
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Gusterson, Hugh
Date Added:
02/01/2006
Dynamics of Interpersonal Relations I
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Dynamics of Interpersonal Relations I, is an exploration of the small-group process through participation, interpretation and study. Major focus is on the class itself as an interacting group providing for personal, interpersonal, and intellectual challenge. The modules are designed for undergraduate students to become familiar with group dynamics. This resource has OpenStax text chapters, TedTalks and group activities. Thank you to Jennifer Burns for sharing this resource.

Subject:
Psychology
Social Work
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Patricia Lauziere
Jennifer A Burns, PsyD, MA, RCPF
Date Added:
07/12/2021
Dynamics of Interpersonal Relations I
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Dynamics of Interpersonal Relations I, is an exploration of the small-group process through participation, interpretation, and study. A major focus is on the class itself as an interacting group providing for personal, interpersonal, and intellectual challenges. The modules are designed for undergraduate students to become familiar with group dynamics. This resource has a syllabus, OpenStax text chapters, TedTalks, and group activities. Thank you to Jennifer Burns for sharing this resource.

Subject:
Psychology
Social Work
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Patricia Lauziere
Date Added:
07/13/2021
EL SIGNIFICADO REVOLUCIONARIO DE LA REVUELTA DE GEORGE FLOYD
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The book looks at the George Floyd uprising using the theory of the Black Radical Tradition and Black Marxism. Part of a global wave of rebellions against the police, inequality, and the state, the 2020 uprising opened up a new chapter in the revolutionary history of the proletariat.

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The book looks at the George Floyd uprising using the theory of the Black Radical Tradition and Black Marxism. Part of a global wave of rebellions against the police, inequality, and the state, the 2020 uprising opened up a new chapter in the revolutionary history of the proletariat. Erupting in Minneapolis in late May, the uprising spread across the United States. Over the course of the next few months, dozens of police stations were attacked, hundreds of cop cars were burned, and thousands of stores in downtown urban centers were looted. The Black proletariat led the charge, but other racialized proletarians joined the fight, demonstrating new possibilities for multi-racial struggle. At the same time, this uprising was contained and repressed by a Black led counterinsurgency that played a definitive role in neutralizing the revolutionary potentials of the movement. Furthermore, there were clear limits to the uprising when it came to gender. When it was time to rebel for Breonna Taylor, few were willing to fight as hard as they had for George Floyd. These and other uncomfortable truths are considered in the opening text, “Race, Class, and Gender in the 2020 Uprising.” Aside from wrestling with these contradictions, Insurgent Possibilities documents the Walter Wallace Jr. rebellion in Philadelphia, where the Black proletariat refined the tactic of looting by car, one of the greatest tactical innovations of the uprising. “Cars, Riots, and Black Liberation» is a first hand reflection on this phenomenon. Insurgent Possibilities also argues that the tensions and contours of the 2020 riots indicate the unique relationship between civil war and revolution that is so pronounced in the United States. Building off of the analysis set out in earlier texts, “Prelude to a New Civil War” traces the mounting hostilities of the uprising back to the unfinished business of the first US Civil War. The last text in the collection, “Fire on Main Street,” looks at how the uprising played out in small cities and suburbs throughout the country, focusing on the strategic implications that these peripheral areas pose for questions of insurrection and revolution.

Word Count: 18079

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Subject:
Law
Political Science
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Daraja Press
Date Added:
02/22/2021
Eco-Social Work in Climates of Change
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Eco-Social Work in Climates of Change examines the role of social work in disconnecting Indigenous people from their lands and cultural ways of connecting to land. As with other disciplines like economics, social work is mired in a modern worldview that is disconnected from Earthly relations; a disconnection that has fueled both the profession’s colonial growth and contemporary global environmental issues. We are in a time of changes when social work needs to re-learn the value(s) of rooting environmental justice and healing practices in the broader sociality of Earth relations, and that is the focus of this course.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Work
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
eCampusOntario
Date Added:
03/04/2024
Ecuador Workshop
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This is a project to assist in the design, drawing, modeling and hopefully constructing of a small Community Children’s Center near Guayaquil, Ecuador. For the last year, Nicki Lehrer, from MIT’s Aero/Astro Department, has been organizing efforts to build the project. The goal of the workshop is to provide her with a full fleshed out design for the community center so it can be built in the summer of 2007.

Subject:
Applied Science
Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Wampler, Jan
Date Added:
09/01/2006
Empowering Bystanders Against Anti-Black Racism (EBAAR)
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Word Count: 20993

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Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Ethnic Studies
Philosophy
Psychology
Social Science
Social Work
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Windsor
Date Added:
02/28/2022
Empowerment in a Post-Modern Global Society
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An exploration of different ways people from the US, Brazil and Mexico have reclaimed authority over their communities and lives in the global age.

Subject:
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
The Claremont Colleges Pressbooks
Author:
Melis Baltan-Brunet
Mette Beierle
Sade Corpuz
Date Added:
05/16/2021
Engaging Community: Models and Methods for Designers and Planners
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This course proposes that most cities have neither the infrastructure nor the processes in place to support the demographically complex public in fulfilling its role in democracy. Through this course, participants will learn a set of design principles for creating public engagement practices necessary for building inclusive civic infrastructure in cities. Participants will also have the opportunity to review and practice strategies, techniques, and methods for engaging communities in demographically complex settings.

Subject:
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
McDowell, Ceasar
Date Added:
02/01/2020
Engineering and Technology in Society - Canada
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This book is a compilation of open source resources to be used in an Engineering in Society course. Jennifer Kirkey started this work in the summer of 2018. She teaches physics and astronomy at Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia, and works closely with the engineering program there.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
British Columbia/Yukon Open Authoring Platform
Author:
Jennifer Kirkey
Date Added:
01/24/2021
English Language Learners Bring You The World (2022)
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Volume 20

Short Description:
English Language Learners Bring You the World is an annual publication of writings by the students in the English as a Second Language and Intensive English programs at South Puget Sound Community College. In it, you will find paragraphs of a few sentences by beginning writers as well as longer essays from our most advanced classes. Regardless of length, each piece offers a window into the writer's unique perspective on culture, language, and life as an immigrant.

Long Description:
Since the year 2000, English language learners at SPSCC have shared their writings in this annual digest. After a two-year hiatus during the global COVID-19 pandemic, in a time of many challenges, it is with joy that we renew our publication of English Language Learners Bring You the World.

This year, over 70 students from 37 countries have shared their stories and essays. The contributions are organized alphabetically by country of origin. Student biographies are listed in an About the Authors section at the end of the book. Although the students in the English as a Second Language and Intensive English programs at South Puget Sound Community College come from all over the world, their common experiences and dedication to learning English bring them together. As teachers, we are honored to have students who are so caring and so interested in learning. We hope you draw as much inspiration from reading their stories as we have.

Word Count: 25080

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Subject:
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
South Puget Sound Community College
Date Added:
06/09/2022
Environmental Conflict
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This course explores the complex interrelationships among humans and natural environments, focusing on non-western parts of the world in addition to Europe and the United States. It uses environmental conflict to draw attention to competing understandings and uses of “nature” as well as the local, national and transnational power relationships in which environmental interactions are embedded. In addition to utilizing a range of theoretical perspectives, this subject draws upon a series of ethnographic case studies of environmental conflicts in various parts of the world.

Subject:
Anthropology
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Biology
Ecology
Environmental Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Walley, Christine
Date Added:
09/01/2016
Environmental Justice
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This class explores the foundations of the environmental justice movement, current and emerging issues, and the application of environmental justice analysis to environmental policy and planning. It examines claims made by diverse groups along with the policy and civil society responses that address perceived inequity and injustice. While focused mainly on the United States, international issues and perspectives are also considered.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Carmin, JoAnn
Date Added:
09/01/2004
Equity & Inclusion: Local Policy-Driven Strategies for Economic Development & the Just City
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This course explores equity as a key value, measure, and framework for operationalizing local economic development plans and policies. It examines the implementation of local policy initiatives for equity in U.S. cities and investigates a wide range of contemporary theory and practice in the field of urban economic development, from contracting and municipal procurement to arts and culture-driven approaches.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Crockett, Karilyn
Date Added:
02/01/2019
Equity Literacy Project
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A Shared Lexicon of Equity Terms, Research, Experiences, and Resources

Word Count: 46414

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Subject:
Business and Communication
Economics
Education
Ethnic Studies
Social Science
Social Work
Special Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Harper College
Date Added:
05/21/2021
Ethics in Your Life: Being, Thinking, Doing (or Not?)
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This seminar is made possible through a collaboration between Radius and the Philosophy section of MIT. This course provides an opportunity to explore a wide range of ethical issues through guided discussions that are geared to equip students for ongoing reflection and action. Lectures and discussions with guest faculty, as well as attendance at on-and off-campus events, expose students to ethical problems and resources for addressing them. The course also encourages students to work collaboratively as they clarify their personal and vocational principles.
Topics vary each term and reflect the interests of those enrolled.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Haslanger, Sally
Kenessey, Brendan de
Weinmann, Patricia
Date Added:
02/01/2015
Ethnicity and Race in World Politics
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Discerning the ethnic and racial dimensions of politics is considered by some indispensable to understanding contemporary world politics. This course seeks to answer fundamental questions about racial and ethnic politics. To begin, what are the bases of ethnic and racial identities? What accounts for political mobilization based upon such identities? What are the political claims and goals of such mobilization and is conflict between groups and/or with government forces inevitable? How do ethnic and racial identities intersect with other identities, such as gender and class, which are themselves the sources of social, political, and economic cleavages? Finally, how are domestic ethnic/racial politics connected to international human rights? To answer these questions, the course begins with an introduction to dominant theoretical approaches to racial and ethnic identity. The course then considers these approaches in light of current events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States.

Subject:
Anthropology
Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Political Science
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Nobles, Melissa
Date Added:
09/01/2005
The European Dimension of Forced Adoptions
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Imposed by UK Judges - against Parents' Wills - in Secret Family Courts

Short Description:
After having tried all possible legal and political avenues within the UK, our petition to 'Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent' was the trigger to take me to Brussels. Eight months later, the case of the 'whistleblower kids' topped all others and made me submit an 'exceptional emergency petition'. The follow-up continues in the 'rolling now', from exile in Berlin, opening up deep philosophical and political questions about governance: nation states and national institutions vs control and rights of EU citizens and their children and grandchildren.

Long Description:
The Secrecy of UK Family Courts has been the subject of our activities and online campaigns for many years. Taking the issue to the EU Parliament was a kind of ‘last resort’. However, it caused problems for parents who had come as supporters with hope, after their children had been wrongfully taken by UK Social Services and Police, ‘legitimised’ by secret Family Courts and some forcibly adopted, i.e. without their consent.

This experience was already ‘too much’ in March 2014, but certainly got aggravated, when we watched the cover-ups of the crimes that the ‘whistleblower kids’ had witnessed. The former UK Secretary of the Petitions Committee had said: “The UK can’t have it both ways: be part of a club, and not play by its members’ rules.”

In a BBC film, the current Chair of the Petitions Committee said: “This is against the Charter of Fundamental Rights, i.e. against European principles.”

This book is meant to help spread awareness and share disillusionment in a system of institutions that, so far, has failed far too many of us bitterly and cruelly.

Word Count: 72442

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Subject:
Law
Social Science
Social Work
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
02/08/2024