Content with Disciplines : Political Science

In the News Discussion Guides: February 2017

The Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University is offering a series of resources that will act as framings for a few issues that developed over the past several weeks, including possible readings, sources, and discussion questions. Think of these as starting points for purposeful, educational classroom and co-curricular discussions. Read more about the importance of these conversations in our blog post on the power of these teachable moments Read More from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University More on the In the News Discussion Guide Series from IDHE

Realizing Place-Based Strategies (Institute 1 – Princeton)

Steve Dubb, Senior Fellow at the Democracy Collaborative shared this presentation on place-based strategy at the Civic Action Planning Institute in Princeton, NJ.

History Course on Race Inequality in DC

Washington, DC is “a city where the American dream and the American nightmare, pass each other daily, on the street and do not speak,” wrote an anonymous American some time back. Today she could be speaking about the plight of many in the nation’s capital: African Americans, Latin Americans, the homeless, many of them veterans, and others who had not benefited from the American Dream, in this city. In fact, DC is only capital city in the world where voters do not select their own voting representative to the national Congress. In this course, we will explore the “other Washington”…

Sociology SL Course: US Poverty, Welfare & Social Justice

Student Course Learning Goals: Students will be able to define poverty and identify the underlying causes and consequences of poverty in the US. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of poverty on people’s lives, particularly in the Cleveland area. Students will learn to critically evaluate the effectiveness and fairness of social welfare policies & programs. Students will be able to discuss various strategies for reducing poverty, including the programs at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) Students will work together in research teams and learn how to conduct a program evaluation for LMM Connection to the Department Student Learning…

Community Issues SL Course

Course Description and Objectives The course will draw from students’ collective learning experiences in their community-based service learning. Core concepts about democracy in America, the land-grant university’s historic mission, and about how everyday citizens collectively can build a strong democracy will be introduced. Students will also be introduced to the range of ways that citizens participate in democratic decision-making and will practice some of these forms. The course is based on the reciprocal relationship between practice in the community and readings, reflections, and exercises in class. Assignments ask you to reflect on your community-based practice and apply concepts in the…

Towards the recognition and integration of action research and deliberative democracy

This article asserts that the shared underlying value systems of action research (AR) and deliberative democracy (DD) can mutually reinforcing, with the former especially being a powerful means for engaging the academy in the latter. AR and DD are both grounded in principles of inclusion, equity, the co-generation of knowledge, and action. In making the case for the integration of AR and DD, the authors describe their commonalities and place AR in the context of other forms of engaged scholarship. They review outreach scholarship, community-based research and other forms of participatory research, examining each in terms of their alignment with…

The Urban Citizen

In the University of Colorado at Denver political science department’s “”The Urban Citizen””, students gained experiential knowledge of urban problems through both classroom-based course work and 40-50 hours of course-required community service. The course, which has now become a permanent offering of the department, combined readings and lectures on democratic theory, urban public policies and political participation with discussions and 40-50 hours of course-required community service work. Readings ranged from Plato and Rousseau to contemporary works such as “”Lobbying for Social Change”” and “”Community and the Politics of Place””. The course also drew upon presentations by urban leaders and community…

Public Policy: The Homeless

The University of San Francisco’s public policy course on the homeless integrates service, participation in the political process and community needs and concerns. Guided by Professor of Politics, Roberta Ann Johnson, and SIster Marie Ignatius Clune of campus ministry, students serve the San Francisco homeless population for a minimum of four hours per week for eleven weeks in addition to the accompanying 3-unit course. The course also included readings and guest lectures by a government agency representative, shelter coordinators and advocates for the homeless. Students kept journals to evaluate their efforts and to relate their volunteer experiences. According to Professor…

Central Connecticut State University Campus-Community Partnerships

At CCSU, community involvement is present at all levels and structures of the university. CCSU has a long tradition of campus-community partnerships, which are an integral part of many courses. Some majors have community-focused internships that are applicable to the students’ program of study. For students in teacher preparation programs, there are unique opportunities for placement in a network of professional development schools. Students in majors other than teacher preparation also complete internships that involve volunteer community service as part of their program preparation. Some of the academic programs that participate are: art, criminal justice/criminology, English, environmental science, geography, political…

Portland State University Engagement Strategy

Portland State University has been recognized nationally for implementing a campus-wide engagement strategy that involves students and faculty in service-learning activities throughout the Portland metropolitan community. Students and faculty are involved in community-based scholarship in curriculum and research programs. In Senior Capstone courses, interdisciplinary teams of students apply what they have learned in their previous courses to community-identified concerns. A partnership with Portland public schools’ Migrant Education Program engages PSU students in teaching and tutoring migrant and Title 1 students. PSU also has partnerships that serve the Portland refugee community, such as SOAR (Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees) and IRCO…

The Great River Greening Project: urban land restoration projects

The Great River Greening Project, a non-profit community-based organization, where biology students will participate in urban land restoration projects. This project is paired with the “”Race to Save the Planet”” learning community, an integration of the Environmental Science, Ethics, and Environment, Politics and Society courses into one interdisciplinary course. The Great River Greening Project

Ashbrook Scholar Program

Ashland University has a strong commitment to broaden and deepen a student s thinking about public affairs and American politics and this commitment is met through the Ashbrook Center. This top-rated and rigorous academic program challenges students to examine political ideas through challenging coursework and private seminars with the leading political actors of our time. One of the highlights of the Ashbrook Center is the John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner where students have the opportunity to attend a private, off-the-record discussion with the evening s distinguished speaker. Speakers that have visited Ashland University include: Lamar Alexander (1992) Howard Baker (1987)…

Public policy and social change

A key element of citizenship is the knowledge that work in the community is connected to larger issues of policy and social change. Students enrolled in POLS 320 Problems in State and Local Politics at Valparaiso University assist in the development of a measuring tool which they use to gather and analyze data related to particular public policy issues. The data is then utilized by public planners in Valparaiso, highlighting the connection between the students service and the future policies of their community.   From Service Matters 1998: Engaging Higher Education In the Renewal of America s Communities and American…

Promising Practice: Teaching Civic Leadership Skills through Simulated International Conferences

The freshman Global Studies course, The Global Experience, compels freshmen to think about their roles in the world in different ways, span disciplinary boundaries, and work with diverse ideas and people to arrive at common understandings and solutions to world issues. For the past six years, hundreds of students in The Global Experience classes have participated in simulated Model United Nations Security Council conferences. Freshmen learn about international issues from the perspectives of the countries that are members of the U.N. Security Council. They research the history and foreign policy of their assigned countries so they can accurately portray positions…

Hunter College Presidential Convention 2000: model nominating convention for high school students

In January 2000, Hunter College held model Democratic and Republican presidential nominating conventions. The Hunter College Presidential Convention 2000 brought together more than 450 NYC public high school students to assume the role of delegates to the presidential conventions of the two major political parties. Students were assigned to specific states and were accompanied by Social Studies teachers from their home high schools. The students received training in party convention politics by Hunter College students who were prepared to provide this training through a course entitled “”Nominating the President.”” The students took part in all the activities of a political…

Incentive system, “”Pace Rewards: A Community development program””

Pace University, with its multiple campuses, has emphasized the development of leadership and citizenship. The leadership challenge at Pace University in New York City stems from a student population that is largely urban, commuter-based, and career driven. Three years ago, a group of civic-minded students collaborated with the Student Life Staff to explore better ways to broaden student participation in activities that promote several core values of the institution: diversity, technology, globalism, wellness, and citizenship. In several “”think-force”” meetings, the students developed an incentive system that gave points to student organizations who aligned their organizations’ goals to these values. The…

Public Service Scholar Program

Established in 1982, the Public Service Scholar Program introduces up to 24 Hunter College students each year to careers in public service. Participants are selected each spring for the coming academic year. Selection is competitive based on interest, academic achievement, experience, communications skills, and maturity. Women and minorities, who traditionally have been under-represented in public policy-making positions, are especially encouraged to apply. The program combines a year-long internship of twenty hours a week in a public or non-profit agency with two seminars on issues important to the future of New York City. Special events such as tours, guest lectures, and…

Citizenship and Neighborhood Development

In cooperation with the newly created Neighborhood Development Program in Waco, Texas, Baylor University developed a course that provided an opportunity for students to work with new organizations to confront neighborhood problems and to design and implement solutions. Baylor’s Civic Education and Community Service Office offered “”Citizenship and Neighborhood Development,”” in which students discussed literature in order to ground their community service experiences in a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms of local change.

Community and Political Power

Course Objectives This course is really about sources and uses of power in civic or public life. What is common and what is different between political power (power exercised by an elected government (executive, legislative and administrative) and community-based power, i.e., power derived from  civic associations, formal and informal, intended to affect civic life? What is the interaction between political and civic power? The focus will be on local government and community – where decisions often seem to have a more proximate and immediate impact on our lives. Political Power will look at: What does it take to get elected…