Content with Disciplines : Political Science

Colloquium on Community Development

The purpose of this course is to engage students in the various ideas, debates and strategies regarding the development of inner city communities. You will hear speakers and discuss readings that will introduce you to the field of community development. You will examine the assumptions about community, agency, efficiency, equity and political efficacy that underlie discussions of community development. You will grapple with debates that animate the study and practice of community development. You will also engage in hands-on research that will assist the objectives of a local community-based, non-profit organization. Is there an effective "third sector" that is more…

Displaced Children in Developing Countries: Programs and Policy Issues

Overview:Throughout the developing world millions of children have been displaced by armed-conflict, civil strife, natural disasters and abject poverty. Over half of the world's refugees are children under 18 years of age. Among this population are unaccompanied children, those who have been separated from their parents and other adult relatives. However, the numbers of unaccompanied children are surpassed by other, and often overlapping groups of displaced children; street children, children orphaned or abandoned due to HIV-AIDS or genocide, children in prison and child soldiers. While international guidelines are in place, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child most…

The Not-For-Profit Sector

Course Description This course has been redesigned to integrate the principles of service learning. As such, it will combine traditional classroom learning with practical experience by requiring students to perform community service at a local nonprofit agency. The goal of this class is to develop the student's sense of citizenship and social awareness. This will be accomplished in two ways. The first will occur in a seminar where we will examine the principles upon and constraints under which nonprofit organizations operate. Through our readings and discussions, we will also explore the underpinnings of philanthropy and volunteerism in the United States. This…

The Politics of Immigration

In this course we will examine America's love-hate relationship with its immigrant legacy. The political contradictions embodied in this policy are many. We are a nation of immigrants consistently siding with ever-stricter immigration policies, a pluralistic society that discriminates against immigrants and refugees of color, a land of liberty that bestows upon its immigrant population fewer and fewer rights and benefits. Conversely, we are a land of law that "permits" immigrants to enter the country without authorization, a sovereign country with an ever porous border. The course will include topics about immigration and immigration policy. Substantive topics will include undocumented…

American Public Policy

Description This course has three goals: to improve your understanding of the nature and content of existing American public policies, to improve your ability to analyze competing explanations for why policies are enacted, and to improve your ability to evaluate critically policy arguments and proposals for reform. If this course is successful, by the end of the semester you should be better equipped to address the following questions: What are American public policies? Why do these policies exist? and What policies should exist? We will pursue these goals through study of several contemporary policy issues. Because this course is about…

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,…

Becoming a Public Citizen: Connecting Community Service and Public Leadership

Course DescriptionIn this seminar, we will explore the links between community service and public leadership, which we define as making a difference in one's community, state, and nation through government and public policymaking. Historically, community service has been the means by which women left the private realm and entered the public world. We will ask whether that connection still exists and how it can be strengthened. Students will participate in a service experience in the community and explore public policymaking and women's leadership in the classroom. Through a research paper and the development of a public advocacy campaign, students will…

U.S. Government

The course, US Government, provides a solid base for the types of service that students at Bloomsburg University find available to them. It is also a substantively sound format for reflection upon what government does and does not do for its citizens. Readings are structured to reinforce learning within the service opportunities. The range of service opportunities is selected so that students can make strong connections between the substance of the course and their experiences in the field. By working closely with the Director of the SOLVE program which serves as a clearinghouse between students and the organizations they might…

Children and Public Policy

Required Texts (all available at the Brown bookstore in paperback) Parent, Turning Stones Humes, No Matter How Loud I Shout Luker, Dubious Conception Gibbons, Ellen Foste Donis, The Broken Cord Gelles, The Book of David Several additional readings will be available in a photocopied reader; others will be provided as handouts or are already available electronically. Requirements & Grading: This is a service-learning course, designed with the expectation that each student will work at least a few hours a week in one of the state agencies that administers policies to children: the Family Court (through the Attorney General, Public Defender,…

American Government

Service Coordinators: Ms. Kim Carroll and Ms. Jennifer Outlaw "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts." – Abraham Lincoln "Service, combined with learning, adds value to each and transforms both."- Honnet and Poulsen, 1989 "O I see flashing that this America is only you and me,Its power, weapons, testimony, are you and me,Its crimes, lies, thefts, defections, are you and me,Its Congress is you and me, the officers, capitols, armies,ships, are you and me ….

Global Studies: Service Learning in Global Affairs & Intercultural Communication

Required BooksThe Alms Bazaar, Ian Smillie, 1995Activists Beyond Borders, M. Keck and K Sikkink, 1998Making Them Like Us, F. Fischer, 1998Conflict Mediation Across Cultures, D. Augsburger, 1992 Course Description The variety, services and number of both "North" and "South" non-governmental organizations has proliferated beyond anyone's wildest expectations in the last decade. Transnational activism is at an all time high. As a service learning course for Global Studies majors, this course will integrate knowledge of NGOs with volunteerism. in agencies that shape and share a "global" vision in some way. By the end of the course, students will have a better…