The first student I heard of who earned college credit for participating in Occupy Wall Street was Henry Perkins, a junior at the University of Alabama. However, Perkins will certainly not be the only student earning college credit for participating in the movement.
Columbia University recently announced plans to offer a course next semester in which students can study and participate in the movement. The class will be offered through the anthropology department and will be taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, a veteran of the movement. It is called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” Upperclassmen and graduate students will be able to take the class.
“Class requirements will be divided between seminar at Columbia and fieldwork in and around the Occupy movement,” according to the class syllabus. “In addition to scheduled seminar[s], this class will meet off-campus several times, and students will be expected to be involved in ongoing OWS projects outside of class, to be developed in close conversation with the instructor.”
Could this type of class be dangerous for the students who will be involved in it? Appel thinks not.
“As a regular participant in the Occupy movement… I can say with absolute certainty that there is no foreseeable risk in teaching this as a field-based class,” she said. She also encourages students not to break the law when they are conducting their fieldwork though, because then there could be problems.
Via The Daily Caller