Community Service Workshop

May 8, 2001

Department of City and Regional Planning
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

CRP 479 Community Service Workshop (3 Credits)
Fall 2000

Class Meetings
Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 9:50 pm
208 West Sibley Hall

Instructor: Kenneth M. Reardon, Ph.D. Associate Professor in City and Regional Planning
Office: 202 West Sibley Hall
Office Hours:Mondays, 1-3 pm ; Wednesdays, 1-3 pm

Teaching Assistant: Kristin Rosacker
Office: 202 West Sibley Hall

Course Description:
CRP 457 Community Service Workshop is a service-learning course offered by the Department of City and Regional Planning in cooperation with Cornell University’s Public Service Center. The course offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of local democracy and citizen participation through engagement in a participatory action research program focused on low voter registration and turnout in Ithaca’s low-income communities of color. This class is being carried out in support of the Campus Compact’s Project Smart Vote.

Course Objectives:

CRP 457 Community Service Workshop has been designed to assist students in achieving the following educational objectives:

1. Expose undergraduate planning and design students to the critical environmental, economic, and social problems confronting residents of Ithaca’s low-income communities of color;
2. Enhance student understanding of the basic principles, practices and challenges of contemporary service learning and civic engagement within higher education;
3. Introduce students to the core theories, principles and practices of participatory action research; and
4. Offer students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of and commitment to participatory local democracy through their involvement in an ambitious community education program.

Course Structure:
CRP 457 will meet every Thursday evening for three hours. These classes will feature lectures by the instructor, presentations by various local officials, and classroom discussions related to the assigned readings. Members of the class will also be involved in the design and implementation of an ambitious community education and neighborhood outreach effort aimed at increasing voter registration and turnout within Ithaca’s minority neighborhoods.

Course Schedule

#1 Rebuilding Local Democracy 8/24
Rimmerman, Craig A. 1998. “Civic Indifference in Contemporary American Politics,” and “Civility, Stability, and Foundations for the New Citizenship,” in The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism and Service. Boulder: Westview Press, pp. 29-72.

#2 Declining Social Capital 8/31

Putnam, Robert D. 2000. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon and Schuster, pp. 1-64.

# 3 Service Learning 9/7

Stanton, Timothy. 1990. “Service-Learning: Groping Toward a Definition,” in Combining Service and Learning: A Resource Book for Community and Public Service, Jane C. Kendall (eds.), Raleigh, NC: National Society for Experiential Education, pp. 65-67

Mintz, Suzanne D. and Gary Hesser. 1996. “Principles of Good Practice in Service Learning,” in Service Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices, Barbara Jacoby (eds.), San Francisco: JosseyBass, pp. 26-52.

Pollock, Seth S. 1998. “Early Connections Between Education and Service,” in A Movement’s Pioneers Reflect on Its Origins, Practice, and Future, Timothy K. Stanton, Dwight E. Giles, Jr. and Nadinne I. Cruz (eds.), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, pp. 12-32.

#4 Participatory Action Research 9/14
Reardon, Kenneth M. 1994. “Undergraduate Research in Distressed Communities: An Undervalued Form of Service-Learning,” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Volume 1, pp. 45-54.

Park, Peter. 1990. “What is Participatory Research? A Theoretical and Methodological Perspective,” in Voices of Change: Participatory Research in the United States and Canada, Peter Parks, Mary Brydon-Miller, Budd Hall and Ted Jackson (eds.), Westport: Bergin and Garvey, pp. 1-20.

Greenwood, Davydd J. and Morten Levin. 1998. Introduction to Action Research: Social Research for Social Change, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, pp. 12-32.

# 5 Preparing for Field Research 9/21
Kolb, David A. 1984. Experiential Learning, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Publisher
Whyte, William Foote. 1989. Lessons from the Field, Thousand Oaks, CA: Thousand Oaks

# 6 Systematic Reflection9/28
Eyler, Janet, Dwight E. Giles, Jr., and Angela Schmiede. 1996. Practitioner’s Guide to Reflection in Service-Learning, Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University, pp. 47-162.

# 7 Civic Engagement in Higher Education 10/5

Boyer, Ernest. 1994. “Creating the New American College,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 67, A48.

Cisneros, Henry G. 1996. Universities and The Urban Challenge, Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, pp. 1-21.

Boyte, Harry and Liz Hollander. 1999. Presidents’ Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education. Providence: Campus Compact, pp. 1-10.

#8 The Obstacles Confronting Higher Education’s Civic Engagement Agenda 10/12

Goldsmith, William W. 1998. “Fishing Bodies Out of The River: Can Universities Help Troubled Neighborhoods,” Connecticut Law Review, Volume 30, Summer 1998, Number 4, pp. 1205-1246.

Boyte, Harry C. 2000. Public Engagement in a Civic Mission: A Case Study. Washington, DC: Council on Public Policy Education

#9 Citizen Participation in Urban Planning and Policy-Making 10/19

Arnstein, Sherry B. 1988. “The Ladder of Citizen Participation,” Contemporary Urban Planning, John M. Levy (eds.), Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.

AICP Code of Professional Ethics. Chicago: American Planning Association Website.

Krumholz, Norman, 1999. “Urban Planning, Equity Planning and Social justice,” in Urban Planning and The African American Community: In The Shadows. June Manning Thomas and Marsha Ritzdorf (eds.), pp. 109-126.

Reardon, Kenneth M. 1998. “Enhancing the Organizational Capacity of Community-Based Development Organizations,” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 17-4, pp. 323-333.

#10 Community Organization, Social Movements and Social Change 1: The Dudley Street Initiative 10/19

King, Mel. 1981. Chain of Change: Struggles for Black Community Development. Boston: South End Press, pp. 27-128.

Medoff, Peter and Holly Sklar. 1994. Streets of Hope: The Rise and Fall of an Urban Neighborhood Boston: South End Press, pp. 7-66.

#11 Community Organization, Social Movements, and Social Change 11: Harold Washington and the Neighborhoods10/26

Abkalimat, Abdul and Doug Gills. 1989. Harold Washington and the Crisis of Black Power. Chicago: Twenty-First Century Books and Publications, pp. 51-102.

Giloth, Robert, “Social Justice and Neighborhood Revitalization in Chicago: The Era of Harold Washington, 1983-1987” in Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods edited by W. Dennis Keating, Norman Kxumholz and Philip Star. Lawrence: The University Press of Kansas, pp. 83-95.

#12 Community Organization, Social Movements, and Social Change III: Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) and the Industrial Areas Project in San Antonio, Texas 11/2

Cortez, Ernest C. 1993. “Reweaving the Fabric: The Iron Rule and the LAF Strategy for Power and Politics,” in Interwoven Destinies: Cities and the Nation. Henry G. Cisneros (eds.), New York: W. W. Norton and Company, pp. 294-318.

Boyte, Harry C. 1989. “Reconnecting Power With Vision,” in Common Wealth: A Return to Citizen Politics. Boston: The Free Press, pp. 81-99.

# 13 Developing a Direct Action Campaign 11/9

Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall and Steve Max, 1991. Organize! Organizing for Social Change: A Manual for Activists in the 90s. Chicago: Seven Locks Press, pp. 20-32.

Service-Vote 2000: Voters Toolkit. 2000. Providence: Campus Compact, pp. 3-63

# 14 Confronting Racism 11/16

Hacker, Andrew. 1992. Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile and Unequal, New York: Ballantine Books, pp. 31-64.

Hoch. Charles. 1993. “Racism and Planning,” Journal of the American Planning Association, Autumn, pp. 451-460

Reardon, Kenneth M. 1998. “Combating Racism Through Planning Education: Lessons From The East St. Louis Action Research Project,” Planning Research and Practice, 14-4, pp. 421-432.


#16 Participatory Evaluation 11/30

#17 Future of Community/University Partnerships 12/1

Course Texts:

Two copies of the readings are available at the Reserve Desk of the Fine Arts Library located under the Sibley Dome, 2nd floor.

Course Requirements:

1. Regular attendance and active participation in each workshop class.
2. Timely completion of all assigned readings and preparation for classroom discussion of these items.
3. Consistent contribution to the workshop’s field-based research and outreach activities.
4. Completion of the following written assignments:

A. Literature review on specific voter registration topic
B. Voter registration/ turnout drive plan
C. Preparation of one piece of outreach literature
D. Contribution to voter registration/ turnout drive manual

Course Grading:

1. Workshop attendance and participation 15%

2. Literature review paper/ presentation 15 %

3. Individual contribution to Ithaca field research community outreach effort 30%

4. Quality of voter registration/ turnout plan 20%

5. Quality of individual contribution to manual 20%

Research Partners:
Leonardo Vargas-Mendez, Interim Director, Public Service
Center, Cornell University
Susan Davis, Ithaca Representative, Tompkins County Board

Other Important Sources of Course Information:

Tompkins County Board of Elections www.tompkins-co-org

New York State Board of Elections

Project Vote Smart

Service Vote 2000

Campus Compact

First Foundation ~first

League of Women Voters

National Civic League

School: Cornell University
Professor: Kenneth M. Reardon, Ph.D.
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