PG 307

Citizen Politics and Civic Engagement in the United States

This course focuses on two large questions: What does it mean to be an engaged citizen and what difference does this make for American democracy? Over the last decade scholars have increasingly stressed the importance of civic engagement in the context of recent changes in the kind and quantity of citizen involvement in community, public, and political life. Students learn and draw upon a variety of analytical tools - including theoretical, historical, survey research, case study, and experiential learning approaches - to understand the structures, opportunities, and constrains on effective civic action in a range of settings, including the settings in which they find themselves.