This course is an interdisciplinary seminar that examines different perspectives on controversial contemporary issues such as socio-economic class, immigration, mental illness, and gender. Students respond to a variety of viewpoints connected with these issues by reflecting on their experiences and by reconsidering their opinions and sources of information.
Readings may include Nickel and Dimed, The Distance Between Us, and Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. Writings include personal and persuasive essays in addition to reading journals and literary responses. Students may also choose to develop a service-learning project, making hands-on activism a part of this course.