Fall 2019  |  PA 1401 Section 001: Public Affairs: Community Organizing Skills for Public Action (23962)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/03/2019 - 12/11/2019
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 140
Enrollment Status:
Closed (36 of 36 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Public affairs work, roles of citizens in democratic way of life. Community organizing skills, their importance for public affairs. Negotiations among diverse audiences, understanding different interests, mapping power relationships. Relevant public affairs and governance theory.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?donov013+PA1401+Fall2019
Class Description:

*meets University of Minnesota Liberal Education requirement for Citizenship/Public Ethics Theme"


This course is a hands-on introduction for undergraduate students wanting to develop the skills, confidence, and knowledge to become empowered agents of change.This course involves an examination of key concepts of citizenship, politics, ethics, and democracy, as well as hands-on experiential learning in problem solving skills and team work especially from the framework called Civic Studies, developed to address the challenge of collective action in a world of often radically different ethical frameworks.


The goal of this class is to:

1. Give students a hands on introduction to organizing skills such as public speaking, power mapping, collective problem solving and one on one relational meetings.

2. Enable students to examine their own values and commitments in the context of their own public narratives

3. To provide stages for students' public speaking

4. Open the door to new civic possibilities in their own work and careers

5, To acquaint students with the methods and outlook of community organizing tradition in America as a strand of the emerging "Civic Studies" field

6. To provide students with an introduction to the approach to ethics in Civic Studies, compared to other approaches. Such topics include: abortion, teen pregnancy, definitions of marriage, education, prayers in schools, etc.

Learning Objectives:
This course will help students acquire skills for effective citizenship and life-long learning through the course goals of:
• Acquainting students with Civic Studies and the community organizing tradition in America and the distinctive ways in which this framework addresses questions of ethical pluralism
• Giving students a hands on introduction to organizing skills for civic agency, such as writing, public speaking, power mapping, collective problem solving and one on one relational meetings
• Enabling students to examine their own values and commitments in the context of their own public narratives
• Providing stages for students' public speaking
• Opening the door to new civic possibilities in their own work and careers
Grading:
40% Three Short Essays
20% Weekly Reflections on Readings
20% In-Class Participation
20% Group Public Work Project
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
Discussion based with some lecture. All are teachers and learners. You will learn how to become a change agent through active learning.
Workload:
50 Pages of Reading Per Week (average)
30-45 Pages of Individual Writing, Including Weekly Reading Reflections
3 Short Papers
1 Public Work Group Project Report (10 Page Group Paper)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/23962/1199
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/donov013_PA1401_Fall2018.docx (Fall 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/donov013_PA1401_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/donov013_PA1401_Fall2017.pdf (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/donov013_PA1401_Spring2016.pdf (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
3 March 2018

ClassInfo Links - Fall 2019 1000 Level Public Affairs Classes Taught by Dennis Donovan

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