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Community Engagement (CE)

CE 250  Community Service Transformational Experience I - Associating  (1)  

Students enrolling in this course will complete 50 hours of community service with an approved organization or agency and will meet regularly to reflect on their community service with an approved organization or agency. The focus of the service, readings, and discussions in CSTE I is on the basic concept in civic engagement--associating. To be human is to live among and with others. Our natural habitat is society. This is where civic engagement begins, with a gathering of people, some joining together, for us to have any kind of community or society. Associating is the underlying condition of civically engage activity--it is also the general form of civically engaged activity. At the heart of community service is the association or connection we develop with others. The readings, discussion, and writing for CE 250 CSTE I are chosen to help us think and talk about how, why, and with whom we associate through service (David & Lynn, 2006). Prerequisite: None.

CE 251  Introduction Poverty Studies  (3)  

This course examines poverty as a problem for individuals, families, and societies. It focuses on the United States, perhaps the most impoverished of any developed nation. Introduction to Civic Engagement-Poverty Studies is the first course in the Civic Engagement minor. This course emphasizes discussion intended to advance understanding and prompt critical analyses of the assigned readings. Prerequisites: None.

CE 350  Community Service Transformational Experience II - Serving and Giving  (1)  

Students enrolling in this course will complete 50 hours of community service with an approved organization or agency and will meet regularly to reflect on their service.The focus of the service, readings and discussions in CSTE II are based on two concepts of civic engagement – serving and giving. Service, including public or community service, has the unusual feature of serving at least two different ends: service expressly benefits those served but at the same time benefits the servant as well (Davis & Lynn, 2006). For the first half of this section the readings and discussion will consider both kinds of benefits—the benefits to the server and those served. The focus of the second half of this section will look at the experience of giving. Very often we give gifts that fill us with joy and other times we have given gifts that lead us to resentment and regret (Davis & Lynn, 2006). Much of the time the act of giving and receiving leads us to question the act itself. "Should I have given that man on the street that dollar?" (Davis & Lynn, 2006). The readings and discussion in this section will explore the motives of the human experience of giving. Prerequisite: CE 250 or consent.

CE 351  Community Service Transformational Experience III - Leading  (1)  

Students enrolling in this course will complete 50 hours of community service with an approved organization or agency and will meet regularly to reflect on their service. Leadership, in most cases, is not something one learns or even prepares for--more often it sneaks up on you. One day you find yourself in charge, creating the experience of others, for better or worse. You look up one day and you are a teacher, a coach, a program director. You may have stepped up because of an event in your community, organized a group in response to that issue and now you are in charge. What do you do? How do you lead? (Davis & Lynn, 2006). The readings in this section do not answer these questions, but rather through discussion may help ease the burden and improve the leadership experience. Prerequisite: CE 350 or consent.

CE 400  Civic Engagement Practicum  (3)  

Students enrolling in this course will complete 300 hours of community-based service over the course of one year. Students will participate in a monthly seminar to reflect on the issues facing the community while exploring solutions to identified problems. This course can be taken as an alternative to the three one credit hour Community Service Transformational Experience Seminars (CE 250, CE 350 and CE 351). Prerequisite: CE 251

CE 401  Civic Engagement - Poverty Studies Capstone  (3)  

The Civic Engagement-Poverty Studies Capstone will involve students in Community Based Research (CBR) to solve problems of various community organizations. Students will come from different majors and will play a role in selecting the topics for focus through negotiation with Community Partners. They will share perspectives of their major disciplines as well as their varied experiences in the field thus ensuring the interdisciplinary nature of the inquiry. Students will engage in various ways with poverty-related programs, communities, and experts to address research needs identified by Center affiliated Community Partners. Students will produce a final research paper and will be expected to present their research in a public venue such as a conference, Apeiron or the WTE Day of Transformation. Prerequisites: CE 250 and CE 251, CE 350, CE 351, or CE 250 and CE 400, or Approved Practicum experience or instructor consent.