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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Winter Session 2020 will run from December 26, 2019 to January 18, 2020, with three-week on-campus classes beginning on January 2, 2020. We will update the Winter Session site in September. If you would like to receive an email when this happens, please join our email list. In the meantime, you may want to browse through the site to get an idea of what we offer.

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Global Capitalism in One Community

January 3–21, 2017


This four-credit history course is taught in Petersfield, Jamaica. It combines global service learning with the history of global capitalism. Students live in homestays and work with a community organization. They take classes that provide important context. The major project is the creation of a set of multi-media documents that help preserve and present the local history of labor, resistance, and community organization.

Students will learn about the history of the relationship between the U.S. and other countries, with a focus on one community where they can see the processes and effects up-close. They will learn about strategies that social movements have used to generate change from within local communities, and how history can be a tool to understand both the past and the present. Finally, they will learn different approaches to service learning and cross-cultural communication.

This program is designed for students interested in service learning; understanding the impacts of slavery, colonialism, and globalization; processes of mobilization for social change; and the history of labor movements.