SOCI 226AC
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This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of community and the particular role citizen participation plays in constructing communities and accomplishing public goals. Students will engage in various ideas, debates and strategies regarding the development of communities while engaging in 20 hours of community service in area agencies or grassroots nonprofit community organizations. The promises and challenges of civic life will be examined by focusing on such topics as: the history and philosophy of community service; processes, structures and collaboration in community service; the power of local associations and organizations to maintain or improve the quality of life in their communities; the use of public and private resources for community services; the education of real-world problem solvers; energy, technology and transportation; housing, food and garbage; health and healing; mass media and the arts. Service Learning is a component of this course. (Prerequisite: at least one course in the social sciences or permission of the Department Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences)