First-Year Civic Engagement Courses
CIVC 101, The First-Year Civic Engagement Course is designed to help students develop skills as active participants in a pluralistic, democratic society through direct service, education, and reflection opportunities. The one-credit course covers key concepts and frameworks for understanding civic engagement, including: models of civic life through America's history; critiques of philanthropy, volunteerism, community service, public service, and political activism; university-community relations; and public service leadership. Through the course, students will strengthen critical thinking skills regarding myriad social issues in the context of active civic participation. Students will also enhance their learning through structured discussion and reflective learning assignments.
During the CIVC 101 course, each student will complete between 8-10 hours of service with one community organization. These are specific opportunities designed in partnership with nonprofit organizations to meet the goals of the CIVC 101 course.
CIVC 101 is taught by adjunct faculty who are leaders in education, government and the nonprofit sector throughout the Philadelphia region. While there is a standardized curriculum for the course, each instructor may add their own area of expertise to the content.
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