University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Cooperatives and Community Development Education for
SYLLABUS: EDUCATION 187
Social and Cultural Studies, UC Berkeley
Cooperatives and Community Development Education for Ownership will
explore the critical role of education in creating member-owned, democratically-controlled
organizations. The course will survey cooperative development strategies which strengthen
communities, create economic opportunity and provide needed services.
Students will engage in active discussion and analysis of weekly topics,
informed by readings, presented material and their own life experiences. Two short writing
assignments will assist students in defining their pemona1 views on the subject matter. In
addition, students will form work groups to identify and carry out a cooperative
feasibility and planning project. These groups will work together the entire semester, and
discuss their findings in both written and oral form at the end of the term. Students who
come up with viable proposals will be offered the option to implement their plans in
This course will focus on development of informed analytical skills with
real life application on the part of students. Students will have the opportunity to learn
from current practitioners with critical expertise in the field, who will be invited as
1. Readings and Class Participation - Come prepared to
actively participate in a critical analysis of the week's topic, informed by thoughtful
consideration of the assigned readings. (30% of grade.)
2. Papers 2 short papers (2-3 pages) reflecting
personal responses to the topic. (10% of grade)
3. Group Project Small groups will select an area for
cooperative feasibility analysis and planning. Groups will present their findings in
writing and through classroom presentation and discussion. (30% of grade)
4. Midterm and Final Exams Exams will require students
to draw on their knowledge from lectures and readings, and apply the analytical skills
gained through class discussion and feasibility projects. (30% of grade)
The following will be available for purchase and on reserve at the
Nadeau & Thompson, Cooperation Works!, Lone Oak Press, 1996.
MacLeod, From Mondragon to America, University College of Cape
Breton Press, 1997.
Reader: Available from Odin Books, 2146 Center Street.
Reports and articles from the Center for Cooperatives, UC Davis.
Week 1 - Introduction and overview of themes
International Cooperative Identity Statement Adopted, Farmer Cooperatives (11/95)
International Cooperative Alliance, Five Good Reasons for Cooperatives, www.co-op.com (9/95)
Nations Dept. of Public Information, Cooperatives: Schools for Democracy (7/95)
& Thompson, Cooperation Works!, Lone Oak Press, 1996.
101, Rural Business and Cooperative Information Report #55 (1997), pp1-19
Week 2 - Introduction to the Economics of Cooperatives
9/1-3 Fairbairn et al., Cooperatives
and Community Development: Economics in Social Perspective,
Centre for the Study of Cooperatives, University of Saskatchewan (1991) Prologue-p.65
Week 3 - Cooperatives through History
Discussion and analysis of driving forces and critical elements underlying
9/8 Guest speaker, David Thompson discusses Rochdale and
current day cooperatives in the U.S.
International Cooperative Alliance, Into
the Twenty-first Century: Cooperatives Yesterday, Today
and Tomorrow, www.co-op.com (1/96)
9/10 Cheney, Democracy in the Workplace: Theory and Practice from
the Perspective of Communication,
Journal of Applied
Communication Research, 23 (1995) 167-200.
First response paper due 9/8/98
Week 4 - Worker Cooperatives
Evolution of the Berkeley worker co-ops, looking at the Cheese
Board/Arizmendi initiative as a case study.
Introduction to start-up and expansion issues.
9/15 Hansen, Coontz and Malan, Steps to
Starting a Worker Co-op, Center for Cooperatives, University of
9/17 Nadeau and Thompson, Chapter 4, Enterprising
Businesses Owned by their Employees
Community Scholars, Putting Capital in its Place: the L.A. Worker Ownership
Structures for Starting Worker-owned Businesses (1996)
ESOPs and Worker Participation, Dollars & Sense, No.
200 (July/Aug 1995)
and Failure in an American Workers Cooperative Movement, Politics
& Society, Vol
22, No. 2 (June 1994)
Week 5 - Cooperative Start-up
Needs assessment, business planning and feasibility analysis for new
cooperatives. Introduction to group projects.
9/22 Chapters 1-3
Alvarado-Greenwood, Haberfeld and Lee, Organizing Production Cooperatives: A
9/24 Chapters 4-5 Strategy
for Community Economic Development, National Economic Development
and Law Center, 1978.
Week 6 - Cooperatives in Rural Development
Special challenges of rural economies. Understanding regional economic flows,
9/29 Nadeau and Thompson, Chapter 10, Providing Power to Rural
Network of Centers for
Rural Cooperative Development, Best Practices for Cooperative Development,
10/1 Egerstrom, Make No Small Plans: A Cooperative
Revival for Rural America, Lone Oak Press (1995) 217-247
Week 7 - Housing Cooperatives
Examine the USCA student housing cooperatives, member education, decision-making
10/6 Nadeau and Thompson: Chapter 5, Cooperative Housing
Brings the Dream Home; Chapter 6, Senior
10/8 Lategola, Paradise for Sale: An Attempted Low-income
Cooperative Conversion, Center for Cooperatives,
University of California (1996)
Week 8 - Consumer Co-ops
Consumer control of the food and credit systems. Continued discussion of member
education, decision-making and governance in cooperatives.
10/13 Nadeau and Thompson, Chapter 3, Consumer Co-ops
Stone and Krimerman, From the Kitchen to the World, GEO,
12 (March-April 1994), 2-5
Newsletter, Can Food Co-ops Work in Low-Income Communities? (Fall 1997), pp.7,14
Handbook Collective, The Food Co-op Handbook, Co-op Publishing
Preface, Chapters 7&8
10/15 Nadeau and Thompson, Chapter 8, Community Development
Week 9 - Cooperative Finance and Capitalization
Understanding the financial structure of cooperatives.
10/20 Alvarado-Greenwood, Haberfeld and Lee, Organizing
Production Cooperatives: A Strategy for
Community Economic Development, Chapter 6
10/22 Midterm Exam
Week 10 - Cooperatives in Agriculture
The case of California Agriculture. Cooperatives and the free market system.
10/27 Nadeau and Thompson, Chapter 1, Value-Added Agricultural
International Cooperative Alliance, The Agricultural Cooperative Movement, www.co-op.com (11/95)
10/29 Garoyan, Californias Contribution to
Cooperation, Center for Cooperatives, University of California (1989)
Week 11 - Planning and Feasibility Review
11/3-5 Review of key development planning and feasibility
assessment techniques. In-class progress reports
problem solving on group projects.
Week 12 - Survival strategies: Co-op conversions and shared
Worker buy-outs in a global economy. Shared services cooperatives - recycling,
11/10 Nadeau and Thompson, Chapter 2, The Cooperative Business
behind the Small Businesses on Main
Street; Chapter 12, Local Governments Leaving Old Rivalries Behind
11/12 Bauen, Las Flores Metalarte: Creating Community Jobs in
Puerto Rico, Dollars & Sense, #202
Week 13- The Mondragon model
Mondragon, example of an integrated cooperative. Attempts to apply Mondragon
structures in the U.S.
11/17 MacLeod, From Mondragon to America,
University College of Cape Breton Press (1997) pp 17-91.
11/19 Huet, Can Co-ops Go Global?, Dollars
and Sense, #214 (Nov-Dec 1997), pp 16-19, 41-42
Week 14 - Cooperatives at the International Level
The International Cooperative Alliance and the international cooperative
movement. Cooperative laws and environments in the US and abroad.
11/24 International Cooperative Alliance, www.co-op.com
How The International Cooperative Alliance Contributes To The Objectives Of The United
Dimensions of the International Cooperative Movement (3/95)
Cooperative Agenda 21 (5/95)
Second response paper due.
Week 15- Student Projects, final reports and class wrap-up
12/1 Student groups will present their projects for
discussion and critical analysis by the class.
12/3 Wrap-up and materials review.
12/8 Written project reports due by 5 pm.
Final Exam: Friday, December 11, 5-8 pm