Overview of the course "Our Interdependent World"
- "Our Interdependent World" -- how are we interdependent? Aren't we just individuals, looking out for ourselves and our families? In what ways are we connected to people around the world? If we are connected, so what? What does that matter? Like good journalists and media communicators, we are going to look into these questions and see what we come up with.
- In September we are going to look at "our stuff"--the stuff we brought to college like our computers, phones, and other electronics. Who made them? What are their lives like, compared to ours?
- In October we are going to look at our food and clothes. Where did they come from? What are the lives of the people who produce them like, compared to ours?
- In November, as Communication majors we are going to spread the word about what we've found out, practicing the skills of journalists and media communicators.
September: Where does our electronic "stuff" come from?
- Aug. 28: Intro to course. Answer question: "Where do our food, clothes, and "stuff" come from?"
- for Aug. 30. Report on your world map of where your "stuff" comes from. What's "The Common Good" mean?
- for Sept. 4: We will meet in the library to learn about iWebfolio
- for Sept. 6: Watch "Blood in the Mobile." http://www.linktv.org/programs/spotlight-blood-in-the-mobile Discussion in class. Take careful notes.
- for Sept. 11: Written reflection on "Blood in the Mobile." Question on Blood in the Mobile for Tuesday. 2 pages. Email it to me as an attachment before class time. If you have something about the movie you would prefer to write about, that's great. Just let me know first. Otherwise here's a question I formulated.
The movie, especially the last third, showed various people committed to the common good. Most were involved in communication in some way. Frank, obviously, but also John Prendergast and Rep. McDermott and others. What are some of their traits of character that impressed you? On the other hand, what can you say about some of the employees of Nokia? Most of them likewise were involved in communication. What was different about the Nokia communicators from Frank, Prendergast, and others?
- What does "The Dignity of the Human Person mean"? What does "The Dignity of Work" mean? Begin work as journalists, investigating our electronics.
- for Sept. 13: In class we will prepare for the evening talk.
- Thursday, 7 p.m. – Grace Hall Atrium
- Friday, Sept. 14: 11:05 a.m. in Grace Hall Atrium - Justice for Immigrants: A Conversation with Cardinal Mahony
- Read "Extractives and Equity: An Introductory Overview and Case Studies from Peru, Angola and Nigeria." Download the PDF. Download the e-book for most e-readers (EPUB). Download the Kindle edition (MOBI). Read online.
- 1.) Extractives and Equity, Introductory Essay, pp. 1-25. This essay introduces students to the extractive industries and the challenges posed by this work – including changes in a region's economy, potential for increased violent conflict, and environmental and health risks. Emphasis is placed on the importance of quality governance and regulation, as well as the necessity of involving all stakeholders in planning and decision making, from communities to corporations. The final part of the essay gives a sense of CRS’s approach to programming and partnership, recounts the history of the Catholic Church’s views on the use of natural resources, and briefly introduces the publication’s case studies.
- Write GSN journal entry. Watch John Prendergast: Conflict Minerals 101 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF-sJgcoY20. Class discussion with Alyssa Mentzer and Liz Krupka.
- Certification: The Path to Conflict Free Minerals from the Congo, May 2011 Report by the Enough Project, see especially pp. 4-9 “What is Certification?” http://www.enoughproject.org/files/certification_paper_0.pdf
- Coming Clean: How Supply Chain Controls Can Stop Congo’s Minerals Trade Fueling Conflict, May 2012 Global Witness Policy Report, see especially pp. 6-7 “What is Supply Chain Due Diligence?” http://www.globalwitness.org/sites/default/files/library/Coming_clean.pdf
Sept. 27: What we need to know. What we can do? Our final class until November on Conflict Minerals
- Study and outline on paper the main points. pp. 1-9 of Certification: The Path to Conflict Free Minerals from the Congo, May 2011 Report by the Enough Project, http://www.enoughproject.org/files/certification_paper_0.pdf
- List products you can purchase. Giving Loving Gifts, by Rees Warne, Former CRS’ Strategic Issues Advisor on Extractives. This is a two-page primer on being a better US-based consumer of diamonds, phones, chocolates and other commodities sourced from developing countries. http://www.crsfairtrade.org/2009/01/giving-loving-gifts/
- Study and summarize key points about the Enough Project from each of these pages About section, Our Approach, 3P's. Tools for Change, Eastern Congo.
October: Who grows our food? A look at the lives of migrants.
- Oct. 2: Read Enrique's Journey Prologue to 100. Why do migrants come? View film Which Way Home. It's on Netflix Instant
- Oct. 4: In class, we will host visitors from CATA, a migrant workers' support organization.
- Oct. 4: Read Enrique's Journey 100-196 What do they experience?
- Oct. 23: Reporting on Cabrini's Food Supply Chain
- Oct. 25: Reporting on Cabrini's Food Supply Chain
- Oct. 30: Reporting on Cabrini's Food Supply Chain
- Nov. 1: The Price of Sugar. Who profits from the sugar industry? Who benefits? How is Father Christopher addressing root causes? What is the meaning of Solidarity? What parallels do you see between the Haitian-Dominican situation and the controversy over immigration in the US?. http://bit.ly/priceofsugar
November: What YOU Can Do -- as a Journalist/Communicator and as a Person
- Nov. 6: Who makes our clothes? China Blue video. Check out the people who make your clothes Guess? and Levi's and The Limited and Tommy Hilfiger and Wal-Mart in China. China's Human Rights.
- Nov. 8: Reporting on Cabrini's Food Supply Chain
- Nov. 13: Cabrini Day
- Nov. 15: Your Reporting
- Nov. 18: Sunday afternoon trip to New Jersey farms to speak with migrant workers.
- Nov. 20: Your Reporting
- Nov. 22: Thanksgiving.
- Nov. 27: Your Reporting
- Nov. 29:. Your Reporting
- Dec. 4: Your Reporting
- Dec. 6: Prepare for final paper.
- final paper due Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.