Classes will meet synchronously for a minimum of 10 hours per week. Students should expect 20 hours of teaching/independent learning per week with additional time spent on homework.
Los Angeles is the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in California, and in a matter of months this pandemic has completely reshaped our city. This course will examine many layers of this impact by exploring important questions such as: Which populations within Los Angeles have been hardest hit by this virus and why? How are local governments, non-profits, and businesses responding to this crisis, and what have been the successes and challenges of these efforts? How are citizens coping with the new realities of life during a pandemic? Students will explore these questions through a multidisciplinary lens focusing on the intersection of public policy, environment, technological innovation, demographics, history, and public health. Additionally, students will engage online with stakeholders across L.A.--and beyond--to learn about the ongoing challenges facing our city as we confront the ripple effects of this pandemic. After critically examining a variety of ongoing efforts to solve these challenges, students will collaboratively develop their own action plans and iterate upon their ideas based on the stakeholder feedback they receive. This course is for students passionate about leadership, social justice, and service to one’s community, and who seek a multidisciplinary lens for exploring--and confronting--one of the greatest challenges of our time.
Students will receive 10 service hours for participating as well as a credit/no credit course designation on their transcripts. Brentwood School families awarded financial aid during the school year receive the same percentage discount for summer courses. Please select "FA" at checkout and contact the Business Office with questions.
Instructors: Dr. Joshua Berger, Ms. Katie McKellar, Mr. David Hernandez and guest lecturers, including Dr. Ben LaBrot, President of Floating Doctors and USC Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education