Content with Institutions : Providence College

Diversity, Community & Service

REQUIRED TEXTS (available at PC Bookstore) Margaret L. Andersen & Patricia Hill Collins, eds. Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology.Charles Taylor, et al. Multiculturalism….and other readings to be provided in class. COURSE DESCRIPTION One of the core requirements for Public Service majors and minors, this course is offered for the first time this spring. As such, I will be experimenting with format, reading materials, and assignments. You will have as much to say about the final form this course takes as this syllabus– to borrow (sort of) my colleagues' words, this will not be a "virtual syllabus," but 'virtually a…

Capstone Seminar in Public and Community Service Studies Major

The Public and Community Service Studies Major at Providence COllege requires a Capstone Experience : PSP 450 451 Capstone Seminar 2 semesters, 6 credits A yearlong seminar for senior majors that synthesizes and deepens academic learning with practical experiences. The seminar will typically focus in on some of the larger concepts foundational to the major and the Institute and will give students an opportunity to draw together the complex, interdisciplinary material they have studied, including in their specialized track, during the previous three years. The seminar will culminate with each student submitting a significant written research project or product, in…

Teacher Education Program (SLATE Subgrantee Institution)

Supported by an American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) subgrant from the Corporation for National Service (CNS), Providence College s Education Department is infusing service-learning into its teacher education program in order to prepare beginning and expert teachers who view service-learning as an integral part of the K-12 curriculum. During the spring semester 123 pre-service teachers collaborated with 5 faculty members and 38 elementary teacher to develop service-learning projects with approximately 760 children. Contact: lynnryan@providence.edu ?Tel:(401) 865-2121? Fax:(401) 865-2057

Feinstein Institute for Public Service and a liberal arts major and minor in Public and Community Studies

A number of colleges and universities offer courses not only that employ community service as a method of instruction and research, but that teach about community service as a subject of study in itself. When it was founded four years ago, the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College in Rhode Island became the first university program in the nation to offer a liberal arts major and minor in Public and Community Studies. The major offers students the opportunity to consider in-depth the religious, democratic, and ethical ideals that underlie community service. Interdisciplinary in nature, the major is built…

Feinstein Center: strong relationships with a small number of organizations

The Feinstein Center at Providence College bases its service work in a handful of strong relationships with a small number of organizations in Rhode Island. The Center divides its relationships with community organizations into two categories: placement partners and core partners. Three dozen placement partners work with faculty on a semester-to-semester basis, making matches for specific projects. Four core partners develop deep, long-term relations with the Center. Representatives from these agencies work with faculty on strategic planning, course design, and teaching; they share resources and space and involve students on multiple levels of the agency s operations.   From Service…

Special Topics: Philanthropy

Course Description “Philanthropy can be both a potent vehicle through which public needs are met and an instrument for the expression of private beliefs and commitments” – Peter Frumkin, Strategic Giving, 2006 The roots and impact of philanthropy runs deep in American history and culture and the role of philanthropists and philanthropic organizations is pervasive in contemporary American society. The interplay and interrelationships between donors and nonprofit organizations will be the focus of this course. It will examine trends and issues impacting philanthropy. This will include a critical look at the growth and role of nonprofit institutions, their relevance and…

Community Service in American Culture

Summary: This course begins with the proposition that community service is, in the United States, a significant and continuing cultural response to the individual and social dilemmas that emerge from the intersection of capitalism and democracy. Focusing on the history of the Smith Hill Neigborhood of Providence and current efforts to revitalize it, we will explore our contemporary concern for “community,” the origins of the concept of “community service,” and the “streams” of service that have emerged and been institutionalized in the United States over the past 150 years. We will develop our historic imaginations (the capacity to understand how…

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…

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…

Introduction to Service in Democratic Communities

IntroductionThis is a course about people living together in democratic communities and the particular role community service plays in support of those communities. Since the 1960s, community service in a wide variety of settings has become a significant way in which we accomplish public goals. We will examine critically this approach to "public work" and seek to understand how service might be more effective in improving community life. In class, we will bring together your service experience with other course materials around the course's key concepts: service, community, and democratic citizenship. A glance at the course outline below will show…