Content with Disciplines : Public and Community Service Studies

Community-Based Research in Urban Settings

Introduction and Background to the Course In November 1999, the DU/Northwestside Schools Partnership received funding to collaborate with the Piton Foundation in a research and evaluation component of the DeWitt-Wallace/Beacon Project Evaluation. Beacons are extended-service schools—schools that open before the start of the traditional academic day and offer a range of enriching activities in the afternoon through evening hours, as well as on weekends and over the summer. Their purpose is to answer the pressing need for productive and meaningful activities for children and youth during the non-school hours. There are three Beacon sites in Denver: Cole Beacon Neighborhood Center,…

Leadership and Community Service

Course Objectives: to increase understanding of leadership theories and concepts to utilize community service as an introduction to service, civic responsibility, and leadership to provide opportunities and methods for reflection to integrate discussions on diversity, ethics, social justice, community, and civic responsibility with leadership and service to gain an understanding of and appreciation for multiple perspectives and how power and privilege shape these perspectives to explore personal values with respect to leadership, service, and diversity to develop a personal philosophy of service and leadership through critical analysis of social issues, reflection, and practice to increase students’ ability to work in…

Public Service, Community Organizing, and Social Change

Through service-learning, this seminar explores the experience of democratic citizenship in a multicultural society, focusing on the role of the activist in public service, community organizing, and social change. Internships in Philadelphia or Chester (5 hours/week), dialogue with local activists, and popular education pedagogy enrich reflection upon and analysis of other topics including: individual and community empowerment; public policy at the grassroots; urban politics; communication and coalition-building across differences of race, gender, class; leadership and organizing skills development. In the United States near the end of the 20th century, poverty, racism, homelessness, inadequate education, lack of access to health care,…

Community Service in American Culture

Public and Community Service Studies at Providence College Furthering the mission of Providence College, Public and Community Service Studies involves a systematic and rigorous study of the major conceptual themes of community, service, compassion, public ethics, social justice and social change, and leadership. The goals of the major include providing students with the civic skills of critical thinking, public deliberation and communication, public problem solving, collective action and community building. The Course Within the context of the public and community service studies curriculum, this course provides the historical context for understanding community service in American culture. Contemporary understandings of community…

Public Service Practicum

It is imperative that each CA attends every Tuesday class and arrives by 2:30 P.M. If you are unable to attend a class, please contact Rick or Dana via phone or e-mail as early as possible. Course Overview:The second semester of Practicum is designed to continue serving as a resource for you, individually and collectively, as you become deeply embedded in your community-based organization and as you assist students serving with that organization with their own learning. This semester the focus will be upon Public Problem Solving (PPS), particularly the concepts and skills associated with PPS. The Practicum will challenge…