Leadership, Ethics and Social Action | Beyond the Sample Gates
L105 | 12135 | Bergonzi

S&H distribution; Fulfills Topics requirement for the College

This is a course to develop the skills required for civic engagement
as a citizen. With at least 2 hours/week of work in the community
added to other texts and analytical and reflective writing, the course
combines the service ethic of volunteerism with critical thinking
skills and academic knowledge.  Students will move from the
perspective of community service to one of service politics, where
individuals can act as co- creators of a public, common good,
connecting service to systemic social change.  Students will consider
how communities make informed and reasoned decisions and act
responsibly on knowledge and convictions, in order to do the work of
citizens in a democracy.

We will discuss questions like these:  What is the role of
volunteering in addressing social problems?  What cultural assumptions
influence decisions and actions? What challenges do citizens face in
discussing complex issues in order to initiate action? What assets and
needs exist in the local community?

For information on the minor in Leadership, Ethics, and Social Action,
contact lesa@indiana.edu, and see the website at