Writing for Social Justice

Online Course

Writing for Social Justice

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Writing for Social Justice
The course Writing for Social Justice is an online class provided by University of California, Berkeley through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Learn to harness the power of writing to bring about about personal, social, and political changes that matter.
Course description
Can writing change your world? Writing with power about personal, social, and political issues can change minds, introduce solutions to old problems, and help you become a more engaged participant in public life. Everyone has issues that matter deeply to them, whether they are: Personal–such as defining the goals and ideas that are important you, Local–such as the governance of the public library or enactment of local laws and propositions, National–including critical political and social issues being decided on a larger scale, or Global–challenges facing the planet from perspectives of social and ecological change. In Writing for Social Justice, you will learn the importance of word choices in writing for different genres in order to reach your audience. Specifically, you will learn to: keep a personal journal to help you identify issues and ideas that matter in your world write letters to public officials that will capture attention without being dogmatic or offensive craft opinion articles that take opposing positions into account, while using critical thinking and effective strategies for successfully arguing logically for your own ideas optionally, develop and maintain a blog or podcast of your writing in order to reach a wider audience There will be short example readings included in the course, which will serve as models of different persuasive genres.You will also share your writing with other students in the course, getting and offering feedback on assignments.

Prerequisites & Facts

Writing for Social Justice

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University, College, Institution

University of California, Berkeley

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Writing for Social Justice

To obtain a verified certificate from edX / University of California, Berkeley you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (50.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: University of California, Berkeley
Topic: Humanities
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