Each module includes the following components
About Social Justice 101
Social Justice 101 was created, developed, and piloted by veteran educator, Gerald Dessus in 2016. Now teaching his course at The Philadelphia School, Mr. Dessus facilitates this year-long experience to 100+ students, which was inspired by Bobbie Harro’s Cycle of Liberation. As a longtime social justice educator, Harro noticed patterns of events common to successful liberation efforts and created this cycle. Its purpose is to organize and name a process that should not be used as a “how to” but rather as a description of what has worked for some. Harro’s Cycle of Liberation has been modified for this course, taking into consideration time constraints and student development.
Students question how globalization has impacted how they view and present themselves. They also explore moral obligation and how they treat people with social identities different from their own.
Students question how ideals of liberty and justice informed the creation of the U.S. constitution. They also explore how those same ideals excluded the experiences of marginalized people.
Students conduct a review of voting rights laws and constitutional amendments. They also explore voter suppression and its impact on marginalized communities.
Students explain why and how people immigrate to the U.S. They conduct a review of immigration laws throughout U.S. history, and they explore how human rights are affected by immigration restrictions.
Students unpack the history of systemic racism in the U.S. by analyzing racial caste systems that existed during slavery and have manifested in the criminal justice system.
Students explore the criminalization of the LGBTQ+ community while conducting a review of gender and sexuality laws throughout U.S. history. They also study the strategic and organic activism that sustained the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement.
Students work to build coalitions with each other and design action projects that aim to dismantle social injustices that they are interested in exploring.