SOC 214A : Illumination Project: Tools for Creative Social Activism 1

Applies the sociological perspective to the study of social problems and possible solutions. Explores topics such as institutional privilege, power and oppression, social identity, cultural assumptions and discrimination. Includes social analysis, group facilitation, social change interventions, creative production and basic acting. This is the first course of a three course sequence.

Students in this course will create live interactive theater performances that will be toured through out PCC campuses with some community performances. The performances are geared toward creating a campus and community climate that is inclusive and respectful of all people’s culture, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation, and other diversity. This course is a required component of The Illumination Project.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted. Instructor permission required.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Apply sociological perspectives and use their sociological imagination in analyzing the causes and consequences of social problems and evaluating
  • social actions and reactions.
  • Locate themselves within social contexts (connect their personal biography and social status with societal history) to reflect on the processes that shape and address social problems.
  • Empathize with people, cultures and communities from backgrounds different than themselves.
  • Employ knowledge of group processing, written and oral communication skills, artistic presentation and active listening in order to engage in community change and civic action.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/ASOT-B, Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS.

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Grading Options

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