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…

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…

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…