During Fall 2012, all the concepts of the previous year came together in CEP 460 and CEP 490. In CEP 460, I was responsible for planning and completing a quarter-long project with a small group of my fellow CEPsters out in a community in Seattle or the greater Seattle area. My group’s community was the University District, and we got to learn a lot about the history and people of a place that we spend so much of our time around. We worked with the underrepresented minority of homeless youth and street youth in the area, and attempted to incorporate their voices into planning for the future on the University District. CEP 490 was the start of my work on my CEP senior project and planning for my own future during this school year. In RUSS 324, I learned more about the history and people of my birth country, and got to see the voices of the underrepresented common man through folktales. Through tales from the past, I gained a deeper understanding of the present. EDUC 360 highlights an aspect of my CEP education that has not yet been represented in my coursework, which is education. The core of this aspect has been my participation in Jumpstart, about which I talk about in the Internship section. Participating in Dream Project throughout this quarter allowed me to not only learn more about education in general, but also work with and hear the voices of different kinds of people, young adults in diverse, low income communities, at my own sister’s high school, and get a better understanding for their struggles with education and their dreams for the future.
(People, voices, future, education)
CEP 460 - Planning in Context
5 credits - CEP core requirement
Examines theory against backdrop of practice for broad, historical understanding of social, political, environmental planning. Critique from viewpoints, e.g., planning history, ethics, ecofeminism, environmental justice, class and capitalism, planning and global economy. Develop personalized history reflecting individual experience, professional experience, and philosophical heritage of planning profession.
RUSS 324 - Russian Folk Literature
5 credits - CEP methods course
Examines the artistic forms, varieties, and themes of the Russian folktale, its roots in pre-Christian Slavic religion, connections with myth and legend, adaptation for Soviet and modern Russian literature, film, and music.
CEP 490 - Senior Project Prep Seminar I: Research and Project Scoping
1 credit - CEP requirement
Supports the conceptualization and planning of senior project/capstone work. Focuses on selecting a project, beginning a literature review, finding a mentor, and developing a plan.
EDUC 360 - Dream Project
2 credits - Elective
Discusses issues regarding social mobility, educational access, and social justice, with help from guest speakers, readings, and professional panels. Involves weekly travel to local high schools, mentoring low-income or first-generation juniors and seniors through the college admission process.
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