Volunteerism and an Individual's Role in Society
This course examines the historical, philosophical and practical elements of civic engagement while exploring the underlying question of what it means to be an engaged citizen in the early XXIst century. It will examine notions of personal responsibility, civic duty, political participation and social justice. It explores modes of community engagement on a number of levels, including governmental (especially local government), non-profits, and various forms of associational life. The course has a local focus, but national and international issues and comparisons will be explored. Students will conduct out of class fieldwork and propose their own civic engagement project at the conclusion of the course.