Fall teaching – the UNITAS curriculum for social justice

I’m very excited to be working this coming school year with Maggie Morgan-Smith and Anna Agbie-Davies to teach an amazing course that focuses on diversity, social justice, and why ethnography is an important methodology for engaged scholars. The UNITAS curriculum has been around as a “Living Learning Community” at UNC-CH for quite a few years now, and has gone through its share of changes and growing pains. For now, it’s at home as a two-semester course in the anthropology department, with an optional residency component for students in a campus dorm. The course is open to undergraduate students at all levels, with the understanding that we are all always working to better understand how to take our theory into practice and our activism into the classroom.

Check out the flyers we’re circulating to publicize the course [click on the image for a higher resolution]:

UNITAS, n.: (specific to UNC-­‐CH) a year-­‐long learning experience for diversity and social justice, that combines classroom academics with real world activism. [photo of Moral Monday protest]*******BREAKING NEWS!!!********* for the first time since its inception, the 2013-­‐2014 UNITAS course will be open to students who have not signed up to live in the UNITAS dorm through Res Life. You can also sign up to live with your fellow students on the UNITAS hall! ************************************ ANTH 92 (fall) + ANTH 93 (spring) TTH 5:00-­‐ 6:15pm, Alumni 205 Instructors: Cassandra Hartblay and Maggie Morgan-­‐Smith What is social justice? How can your academic studies at Carolina contribute to understanding and addressing injustice in our society? The UNITAS living learning community was founded by a coalition of students and faculty to create a unique program that allows students to develop a common vocabulary to talk about diversity through academic work in the classroom, and to take those skills into engaged activism in the community through a service learning project. Where is sexism, classism, racism, ableism, and heterosexism in our community? How are community members working to challenge these forms of domination? Based in the anthropology department, the year-­‐ long UNITAS course encourages students to understand how ethnography -­‐ writing about human difference -­‐ can be both a way of learning and a way of challenging the status quo. To sign up for UNITAS, please contact the anthropology department registrar, nicholas.leblanc@unc.edu Questions about the course can be sent to the instructors, smithmmm@email.unc.edu and hartblay@email.unc.eduflyer_unitas_1 copy