Understanding Communities (UNST 220)

SINQ DESCRIPTION

This course explores the nature of the communities we live in, whether defined spatially (such as a neighborhood) or as a set of ties based on sharing a common interest. Building community has become a central debate in a number of social sciences, including sociology, political science, economics, and psychology. In a culture emphasizing individualism and individual rights, how can we balance the needs for community and responsibility to others with individual needs for personal development? In this course, students have the opportunity to gain practical as well as theoretical experience with understanding communities.
 


JUNIOR CLUSTER DESCRIPTION

This cluster explores the nature of the communities we live in, whether defined spatially (such as a neighborhood) or as a set of ties based on sharing a common interest. Building community has become a central debate in a number of social sciences, including sociology, political science, economics, and psychology. In a culture emphasizing individualism and individual rights, how can needs for community and responsibility to others be balanced? Thus, in this cluster, students have the opportunity to gain practical as well as theoretical experience with building communities.

Featured Pathways

Certificates:

Minors:

  • Chicano/Latino Studies
  • Civic Leadership
  • Community Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Geography
  • Real Estate Development
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Explore Sustainability Pathways

Community Studies Cluster Course List 

Community Studies Learning Outcomes

Cluster Coordinator: 
Moriah McSharry McGrath Ph.D., Instructor of Urban Studies & Planning
moriah@pdx.edu
Office Number:
URBN 350
PSU Phone:
503-725-8743