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.