"Basic needs" refers to the basic necessities required for an individual to live a comfortable life. This includes food, housing, clothing, and health. The definition of basic needs varies depending on place, community, and individual. This class will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the world of basic needs development and accessibility, as well as provide you with resources and opportunities to become involved with basic needs resources advocacy. We will dive into various topics including the definition of basic needs, its branches, programs, accessibility, advocacy, and factors affecting the availability of basic needs resources, such as race, income, and location. We will take a look at different case studies pertaining to housing, food, and basic need insecurity in underdeveloped countries and underrepresented communities in order to set the themes of this course into real-world experiences. This course is structured to have 3 modules, respectively focusing on “The History of Basic Needs,” “Basic Needs in the Modern World,” and “Basic Needs Advocacy.” We look forward to learning with you and building a collective approach to addressing basic needs development, accessibility, and advocacy!
Quizzes: Quizzes will be assigned at the end of each module (3 quizzes total), and are composed of information from class presentations and discussions. The quizzes will be open-note and you will have 2 days to complete them after the last lecture of the module has been given. Quizzes will be used to make sure you are attentive during class and are grasping the themes of the lectures.
Weekly Discussion Assignments: There will be a discussion assignment posted on bCourses biweekly (6 discussion assignments total). You will receive 5 points for each discussion assignment: 3 points for answering the discussion question posted in 7-10 sentences, and 2 points for replying to a fellow classmate’s discussion post in 5-7 sentences. Answers will be graded on thoughtfulness and completion.
Final Project: In groups of 3-4, students will work together to create a presentation related to basic needs advocacy. Presentations can be focused on any branch of basic needs and how to advocate for that branch. This may include but is not limited to food, housing, and more. More information on the project will be provided later in the semester.
Attendance/Participation: All lectures are mandatory and will be synchronous. If you must attend asynchronously due to time zone conflicts or other reasons, please let facilitators know ASAP.