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Microcredential ID : 2608
Social Justice
1 Credit Credits

This Microcredential addresses critical skills of empathy, debate, and the ability to understand a long standing issue in American History and culture. Students will use Study.com best-in-class content to learn about the context of social justice in America and use research-based arguments to both debate and advocate in a real world setting for change in which they believe.
How To Earn This Microcredential
The student will earn this Microcredential by both demonstrating mastery of the Study.com content topic through a letter to an elected representative of our community and through thoughtful writing and oral debate around the topic. One piece of evidence is required but will require research and writing to achieve that outcome.
There will be no fee assessed for reviewing this microcredential.
This Microcredential does NOT represent a full understanding of social, racial, or gender equality. It is a foundational demonstration of mastery for the 8th grade learner and is based on South Carolina state standards in writing, social studies and psychology.
Important Terms
Social Justice: Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.

Affirmative action: The practice or policy of favoring individuals belonging to groups known to have been discriminated against previously.

Diversity: The state of being diverse; variety. "There was considerable diversity in the style of the reports."

Cultural diversity: the existence of a variety of cultural or ethnic groups within a society.

Dominant culture: A dominant culture is a cultural practice that is dominant within a particular political, social or economic entity, in which multiple cultures are present. It may refer to a language, religion/ritual, social value and/or social custom.

Hegemonic culture: Cultural hegemony is the domination of a culturally diverse society by the ruling class who manipulate the culture of that society — the beliefs and explanations, perceptions, values, and mores — so that the imposed, ruling-class worldview becomes the accepted cultural norm.
Background Scenario / How This Will Help You
This Microcredential is timely and needed at this critical point in American and world history. The pandemic has demonstrated how many inequities exist in our society and the marches and protests around police brutality need to have a forum in our schools. Educators need the tools to lead these important conversations and model behavior that allow for difference of opinion and discussion around difficult topics.

This Microcredential connects several historical periods and figures to the current events in the news today and will provide students the tools to be confident confronting and acting on tough issues and in tough times.
Evidence Options
Candidates are required to submit multiple pieces of evidence.
Category: Supplemental

Testimonial: Please explain your mastery of Social Justice
Category: Preparation and Planning

Student Work: The student will compose a five paragraph essay comparing three periods in which equality and social justice were at the forefront of the American debate.
Category: Implementation

Video: The student will hold a video debate with a team of four students around equal treatment of different races in American society. The debate may focus on education opportunity, police funding, medical access, or career options for different populations. Students will need to outline and prepare two sides of the issue to be debated.
Other: The student will select a topic on which they believe we need to see change in our community. After submitting and receiving approval from the teacher the student will compose a letter to be sent to a local, state, or federal elected official making the case for the change.

Review Criteria
The student will analyze and compare speeches from historical figures and periods and connect them their own debate or persuasive letter.
Reflection Prompts
do you think we have social justice?

Review Criteria
The student will analyze and compare speeches from historical figures and periods and connect them their own debate or persuasive letter.
Study.com Diversity Lesson

Provide students an understanding of the meaning of diversity. A video lesson defines the term while a class activity will give it personal meaning.

Study.com Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity exists in many countries around the world, but it can be challenging and, at times, problematic. Through this lesson, you'll learn how to define cultural diversity and explore some of the ways in which it influences society.

Study.com Fredrick Douglas

Frederick Douglass started his life as a slave in the early 1800s, but he would be remembered for his bravery and his life's work as a writer and speaker against slavery.

Study.com MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great speaker, and he led people during a very important time in America. He was also a scholar, a minister, and a civil rights activist. Learn about this man who became a living legend.

Study.com BLM

Black Lives Matter is one of the most influential activism movements of the 21st century. In this lesson, we'll examine the history and goals of this movement and see what it's really all about.

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