Approved by Faculty Senate
University Studies Course Proposal Form
|1. Department or Program Political
Science and Public Administration|
2. Course Number 218
3. Semester Hours 3
4. Frequency of Offering Every Semester
5. Course Title Community Service
6. Catalog Description
7. This is an existing course previously approved by A2C2 No
8. This is a new course proposal Yes
9. University Studies Requirement this course would satisfy Contemporary Citizenship
10. Department Contact Person for this course Yogesh Grover 457-5415 firstname.lastname@example.org
11. General Course Outcomes
12. Course Outcomes
|Demonstrate effective oral and/or written communication of ideas, informed opinions, and/or values||Identify, find and use tools of information science related to contemporary issues||Demonstrate the ability to work effectively independently and/or in collaborative problem solving groups||Participate actively (e.g., class discussion, volunteerism, etc.) in issues significant to citizens in contemporary society|
New Course Proposal
Community Service, POLS 218
A. COURSE DESCRIPTION
Democratic theory calls for participation of citizens not only in decision-making but also in community affairs. Students will be offered the opportunity to be involved in their community by volunteering their services, and time, to not-for-profit organizations as a community service. Such participation would foster community asset building and be beneficial to both the student volunteer and the community at large.
The major focus of the course is on helping build a democratic society based on involvement of its citizens in the running of its affairs. Only when citizens are involved in the affairs of their community will they get a realistic appreciation of the needs of their community and will they seek workable solutions to its problems. Volunteerism is a desirable quality of democratic societies. In the absence of volunteerism, autocratic, strong and centralized governments are likely to evolve. Students will be encouraged to volunteer their talents and services to their community and to be active participants in problem solving. Organized volunteerism under the direction of mentors is likely to yield greater benefits to the community than ad hoc activities. Students will be under the mentorship of one or more faculty members who will help them deal with issues that arise at the "workplace".
- Democratic Theory (Outcomes A, G)
- Role of Citizen in Community Affairs (Outcomes A, B, C)
- Volunteerism vs. Professionalism (Outcomes G)
- The citizen-participant (Outcomes B, D, G)
- Voting and elections
- Problem identification
- Solution identification
- Identification of venues for problem solving
- Communication of solution
- to those affected
- to the general public
- Implementation of solution
Students will meet in class as a group, or with the instructor individually, or via an Internet conference, or videoconference, or by other means, at least once a week for the purpose of sharing experience and exploring options for problem solving.
Students will be assigned to a "work station" in one or more not-for-profit organizations to spend an average of eight hours/week of volunteer time. Students may identify their own "work stations" or they may be assigned to organizations that indicated a need for such volunteers. Students may also design their own community service projects and explore ways of implementing them, under the direction of one or more faculty members.
- Use critical thinking to analyze contemporary issues,
- Demonstrate effective oral and/or written communication of ideas, informed opinion, and/or values,
- Identify, find, and use tools of information science related to contemporary issues,
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively, independently, and/or in collaborative problem-solving groups,
- Identify principles and applications of personal, civic, and/or economic responsibility,
- Understand personal responsibility for lifestyle choices, and/or
- Participate actively (e.g., class discussion, volunteerism, etc.) in issues significant to citizenship in contemporary society.
When students have completed this course, they are expected, as a minimum, to have attained the following outcomes: Use critical thinking to analyze contemporary issues,
A library of references stemming from the quality movement is being built around the concept of community asset building and participation in the 21st century. Most of the available material is electronically retrievable and the bibliography is growing daily.
The political science and public administration department has focused its curriculum on theoretical bases. However, the practice of politics and involvement in community affairs are at the core of political science and public administration theories. Junior and senior students have the opportunity to be involved in community affairs and in problem solving though the internship program. The internship program is limited almost exclusively to majors and minors in the field. However, first and second year students who wish to offer their services to the community could be stifled in their efforts. This course will offer the opportunity to first and second year students, and others, to offer their skills, expertise, and time to their communities. It is not designed to be restricted to majors or minors in political science or public administration, but to all students regardless of major. No courses would be deleted from the curriculum if this course is approved.
The course does not affect the number of credits required in any of the majors or minors offered by any of the departments in the university. Thus, notification is not necessary.
D. 'G COURSES
Does not apply.
E. UNIVERSITY STUDIES COURSE PROPOSAL JUSTIFICATION
The University Studies requirements call for a category of contemporary citizenship. This course would fall in this category. Additionally, this course would provide for meaningful participation of students in their community affairs and would contribute to community asset building. A community in which citizens take active roles in its affairs is a safe community to live in. Community participation should not, and is not, limited to those who make the study of politics their professional career. This course would be open to all students.
This course would promote students abilities to