Civic and Community Engagement Classes

Civic and Community Engagement Classes

These classes are year-long courses; students should plan to take both terms of the class in which they enroll. All are cross-listed in two subject areas.

Arts & Sciences and Civic Engagement: Making Art in/with Communities I
LASE 3500 | #19397
| Tu 4:00-4:50/ Th 4:00PM - 6:00PM
DANC 3590 | #20649 | Tu 4:00-4:50/ Th 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Taught by: Kathryn Schetlick & Peter Bussigel
What do we mean by community art? How can site-specific performance be used as a platform for social change? Is art-making a right or a privilege? This year-long, practice-driven course exposes students to the intersections of collective art-making and civic engagement. After careful consideration of the history, ethics, and organizational structures of community engaged art practices, we will work collaboratively with a designated community to design and implement art projects and programming. Drawing largely from site-specific performance and art practices, we will develop context-specific approaches to art-making that provide a platform for sharing community concerns.

Arts & Sciences and Civic Engagement: The Science and Lived Experience of Autism I
LASE 3500 | #19399 | TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM
PSYC 3559 | #19684 |
TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM
Taught by: Vikram Jaswal
This year-long, interdisciplinary seminar will explore how well the science of autism captures the experience of those living with autism and their families. Students will critically evaluate research in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and education, and they will work together with members of the autism community to identify new research questions that reflect the interests and concerns of the people who are most affected by autism science.

Arts & Sciences and Civic Engagement: Supporting Engaged Learning in Global/Local Development I
LASE 3500 | #19400 | Mo 3:30-6:00 PM
GDS 3559   | #19672  | Mo 3:30-6:00 PM

Taught by: David Edmunds
This class will support student engagements with enterprises, organizations, departments and movements addressing problems broadly defined as development. We will encourage shared learning and co-designed development activities, and we will do so for groups of students as they prepare for "on site" work, while they are in the midst of their engagements, or are returning to the classroom to analyze what they have learned and done. The class will be run as a series of workshops addressing issues shared by some or all of the various students.  These will be defined in the practicum together, but will likely address, at a minimum: dealing with social and cultural differences, generating knowledge across these differences, dealing with uncertainty in establishing plans and budgets, and building in accountability to those outside the university. Some of the workshops will be held on grounds, others off. We will have mentors from within and outside the university address specific topics, and students and their colleagues will learn from each other's experiences through regular in-class presentations.  The learning "products" will be defined by consensus by those involved in the learning and action, but will include at least one reflective essay by each student.

All Politics is Local I
LASE 3500 | #19404 | TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM
HIUS 3559  | #20187 |
TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM
Taught by:  Andrew Kahrl
Students will learn how large-scale social, economic, and environmental changes are understood, experienced, and shaped on a local level. Coursework will focus on the history of local politics, civic institutions, and organizing in America, and will include a civic engagement component that will allow students to work on an issue of particular concern alongside local people and organizations.

Connecting Lives Through Literature
LASE 3559 | #19405 | MoWe 10:50AM - 12:50PM
RUTR 3500 | #20711 | MoWe 10:50AM - 12:50PM
Taught by: Andrew Kaufman and Dorothe Bach
Who am I? Why am I here? How should I live? In this course you will grapple in a profound way with timeless human questions by reading and discussing classical works of Russian and German literature with at-risk local high school students. By learning to facilitate meaningful, authentic conversations and engaging near-peers in a collaborative project, you will gain a deeper understanding of the personal and social relevance of literature studies.