Changemaking

The Changemaking minor provides students with a range of knowledge, perspectives, methodologies, and skills that will equip them well to make positive social change and to be engaged, active members of their communities. One of the goals of the minor is to provide a curriculum for students to critically understand and implement social change projects. We want our students to not only develop innovative approaches to existing problems but we also want them to develop a deep understanding of the systemic roots of these issues, as well as the ability to empathize with others. In addition, we want our students to recognize that the most urgent challenges facing our communities today are ones that impact all of us and that we are all interconnected not only with respect to the challenges but with respect to the ways of addressing them as well. Because the most important and complex issues in the 21st century will require an interdisciplinary approach in order to effectively address them, this minor provides students with classroom and practical experiences that span different schools, units, and departments at the University of San Diego.

 
9 Lower Division Units
CHNG 101Introduction to Changemaking3
LEAD 160Personal Leadership, Self-inquiry and Discovery3
Select one of:3
Social Justice
Law and Social Justice
Christian Changemakers
9-10 Upper Division Units
MGMT 312Global Social Entrepreneurship3
Elective3
Consult Program Director for course options.
CHNG 495Changemaking Capstone3

Courses

CHNG 101 | INTRODUCTION TO CHANGEMAKING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

This course introduces students to ways in which individuals all over the world address social and environmental issues and their attempts to create solutions that are “more sustainable and just” than what existed. Students will gain knowledge of social innovations led by a variety of changemakers, who have sought to catalyze positive social transformations in different spheres of action across the world. The focus lies on individuals and groups with innovative endeavors and on the process for the implementation of their vision. It explores the passion, courage, empathy, and flexibility of changemakers. Questions addressed are: What motivates changemakers to pursue their visions, sometimes with relentless energy and refusing to take no for an answer? How do they navigate the process of social innovation in their own culture and in other cultures? Who do they involve in the process of achieving transformative and systematic social change? What is their personal journey?.

CHNG 475 | CHANGEMAKING CAPSTONE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: CHNG 101 and LEAD 160 and (SOCI 210D or SOCI 270 or THRS 231) and MGMT 312

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to create a specific course of action to address a challenging social issue. There are four objectives of the Changemaking Capstone course. First, it provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with changemaking in a real-world setting. Second, it provides an opportunity for students to synthesize, integrate and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired while pursuing the minor. Third, it offers students the opportunity to collaborate with other students, faculty, and changemakers outside of USD on their projects. And fourth, it requires students to create an original project that addresses a social issue at USD or in another community.

CHNG 495 | CHANGEMAKING CAPSTONE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: CHNG 101 and LEAD 160 and (SOCI 210D or SOCI 270 or THRS 231) and MGMT 312

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to create a specific course of action to address a challenging social issue. There are four objectives of the Changemaking Capstone course. First, it provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with changemaking in a real-world setting. Second, it provides an opportunity for students to synthesize, integrate and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired while pursuing the minor. Third, it offers students the opportunity to collaborate with other students, faculty, and changemakers outside of USD on their projects. And fourth, it requires students to create an original project that addresses a social issue at USD or in another community.

Program Director

J. Michael Williams, JD, PhD, Political Science and International Relations

Affiliated Faculty

Julia Miller Cantzler, JD, PhD, Sociology

Austin Fitzpatrick, PhD, Peace Studies

Cheryl Getz, EdD, Leadership Studies

Ronald S. Kaufmann, PhD, Environmental and Ocean Sciences

Moriah Meyskens, PhD, Management

Lisa Nunn, PhD, Sociology

Emily Reimer-Barry, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies

Necla Tschirgi, PhD, Peace Studies