Border Imperialism and Critical Service-Learning -- Summer 2024 Session 1 (May-June)

March 28, 2024
Border Imperialism and Service-Learning -- Summer 2024 Human Rights Practice Course

HRTS 496b/596b: Cutting Edge Advances in Human Rights
Border Imperialism and Critical Service-Learning
Summer 2024 Session 1 (May-June)

This course integrates the study of border imperialism with community work to investigate how various ways of writing and visualizing migration interact with politics, policies, and cultures of social justice. 

  • Students will learn from the various groups in Tucson and the Sonora-Arizona Border region that work to intervene in the crisis and to bring attention to the situation: human rights activists, scholars, artists, journalists, photographers, and others. 
  • Using the model of “critical service-learning,” students will dedicate approximately 15 hours of community work at pre-approved sites directly serving populations in need or supporting activities that contribute to the greater good of our community. Those based outside of Southern Arizona will have the option to work locally where they are or to work remotely with an Arizona organization.
  • Collaborative in nature, this course will provide a platform for students to begin a personal journey to develop a deeper and more critical understanding of what it means to live in the borderlands. 
  • This course will examine questions such as: How do you identify and build authentic relationships with community members? How do you effectively engage and communicate with community members? How do you ensure that engagement is inclusive, equitable and reaches marginalized voices? What does meaningful participation look like? How do you ensure accountability? What are the relevant ethical considerations?

Join this course offered by UArizona’s Program in Human Rights PracticeHRTS 496b/596b has no pre-requisites and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from AZ Online, Main Campus, and Global Direct. For more info, please contact the instructor, Prof. Ana Cornide, at