Honors | Citizenship, Past, Present, Future (COLL)
X101 | 27408 | Katie Claussen


MW 2:30-3:45pm
Read 2-120B

In this seminar we will consider the manifold meanings and
implications of citizenship and civic engagement. Taking on a
multidisciplinary, constructivist approach, we will examine
citizenship as it has developed through the course of history. We
will brainstorm a list of skills and concepts necessary for civic
engagement and reflect on personal motivations for being civically
engaged. The course will help students understand and implement a
form of engagement to address a community-based need through problem-
based service-learning and/or community based research. We will use
the theoretical discussions to connect our local service to a global
environment. Some of the questions we will consider: What is
citizenship? What should it be? Who should decide what constitutes
citizenship? What is the role of the state in promoting citizenship?
Can citizenship be taught? By the end of the course, we should be
able to express informed opinions about what it will mean to be a
citizen of the 'globalized' world we live in.

Topics:
Citizenship (its historical and cultural development)
Globalization and democracy
Place and identity
Hybridization and cosmopolitanism.
Citizenship – some contested concepts:
Multiculturalism, ethnicity, nationalism
Immigration
Sexuality, gender
Globalism
Social and human rights, civic rights
Societal obligations
Media
Consumerism
Age
Difference
Boundaries, community
Civil society and the public sphere
Democracy

Class structure:
This course will, in large part, take its direction from the student
participants. Through “pre-flection,” students and participating
faculty will expand on the syllabus based on expectations and
interests. The class will be led by an upperclass student and a
faculty team of advisors.

Faculty advisors or guest lecturers:
Heather McDougall, Christine Barbour, Aurelian Craiutu,
Jean Robinson, Political Science
Karen Hanson, Philosophy
Lynn Cochran, Honors College
John Lucaites, Communication and Culture
John Bodnar, History
Rob Robinson, Sociology

Each class session will include:
a)Announcements from the class about events on campus
b)An “application” of knowledge or skill from readings
c)A media presentation: photograph, film, website, cartoon
d)Discussion/presentation on a key concept and/or skill
e)Guest speaker/presenter/student presentation/videoconference