Transformative Action is a course on personal and societal transformation.
Starting with the self, students examine past experiences, personal growth, passions, and the desire to make a difference in the world. They look at the innovators, visionaries, and social entrepreneurs developing new methods of solving societal problems.
Students study nonviolence and nonviolent communication, positive psychology, diversity, social change's leadership, failure, success, and the world they ultimately want to create together.
This highly interactive and experiential course includes a civic engagement component of four hours per week.
Course instructor Christine King, M.A., has worked for both the United Nations and the U.S. Consulate in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2004, she cofounded the nonprofit organization Nonviolent Communication Santa Cruz, where she teaches communication skills and works as a mediator. She teaches at a diversity of institutions that includes UCSC, Stanford University, local schools, and the Santa Cruz women's jail.
Transformative Action is typically offered in the winter quarter. Check the Kresge class schedule and catalog for more information.