I am about to start teaching Intro to Civic Studies with my colleague Erin Kelly. Here is our syllabus, minus the grading rules, office hours, etc.
January 17: Introduction: A case from the Pluralism project to spur discussion and raise questions about organizational types and purposes, disagreements about values, and how identities are involved.
January 22: A “feeling of personal responsibility for the world”
- Summer Institute of Civic Studies Framing Statement .
- Vaclav Havel, Address at Wroclaw University (December 21, 1992)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. “The Time for Freedom has Come” (1961).
January 24: The citizen in a modern democracy
- John Dewey, The Public and its Problems, Chapter 5, “Search for the Great Community.”
Problems of Collective Action
January 29: Elinor Ostrom and the Bloomington School
- Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Prize Lecture (video or text)
January 31: Ostrom Continued
- Thomas Dietz, Nives Dolsak, Elinor Ostrom, and Paul C. Stern, “The Drama of the Commons” in Elinor Ostrom, ed., Drama of the Commons, pp. 3-26.
- Elinor Ostrom, Governing the Commons, Ch. 1.
February 5: Ostrom Continued
- Elinor Ostrom, Governing the Commons, Ch. 3.
February 7 and Feb 12 Social Capital
- Robert D. Putnam, “Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital,” Journal of Democracy 6:1, Jan 1995, 65-78
- Robert D. Putnam, “Community-Based Social Capital and Educational Performance,” in Ravitch and Viteritti, eds., Making Good Citizens, pp. 58-95
- Pierre Bourdieu, Forms of Capital, 1986 (excerpt)
Identifying Good Ends and Means
February 14: A Deliberation
- Pre-read the Harvard Pluralism Project’s case entitled A Call to Prayer and be ready to discuss what the people of Hamtramck, MI should do.
First group assignment (a simulation) is due
- Jürgen Habermas, “The Public Sphere: An Encyclopedia Article,” New German Critique, 3 (1974), pp. 49-55
- Lasse Thomassen, Habermas: A guide for the perplexed. A&C Black, 2010, pp. 63-96, 111-130.
February 26: Habermas Continued
- Jürgen Habermas, Theory of Communicative Action (selection)
- Jürgen Habermas, Between Facts and Norms, pp. 17-23, 38-41
February 28: The Conditions for Deliberation
- Jürgen Habermas, Between Facts and Norms, pp. 359-379
- Danielle E. Allen, Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown, v. Board of Education, pp. TBA
Final draft of first paper due
March 12: John Rawls
- John Rawls, A Theory of Justice, pp. 3-19, 52-57
March 14: Testimony and Empathy
- Lynn Sanders, “Against Deliberation”
- Emily McRae, “Empathy, Compassion, and ‘Exchanging Self and Other’ in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Ethics” for Handbook of Philosophy of Empathy (Routledge), edited by Heidi Maibom, 2017.
March 14: Midterm in class
March 15-25: Spring Break
March 26: Social Movements
- Charles Tilly, “Social Movements, 1768-2004”
- Marshall Ganz, “Why David Sometimes Wins: Strategic Capacity in Social Movements,” in Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper, Rethinking Social Movements: Structure, Meaning, and Emotion (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004) pp.177-98.
March 28: Exclusion and Identity
- The Book of Nehemiah
- Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.”
- Steve Biko, “Black Consciousness and the Quest for True Humanity”
Identity and the Common Good
- Lilla, Mark Lilla, “The End of Identity Politics,” The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2016
- Todd Gitlin, “The Left Lost in Identity Politics,” Harpers, Sept. 1993
- Transcript of an encounter: Hillary Clinton and Julius Jones
April 4: Community Organizing
- Saul Alinsky, Reveille for Radicals, 1946 (1969 edition), pp. 76-81; 85-88; 92-100, 132-5, 155-158.
- Myles Horton and Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking, pp. 115-138
April 9: Nonviolent Campaigns
- Martin Luther King, Stride Toward Freedom, chapters 3, 4, and 5.
- Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, chapters 1 and 2
April 11: Impure Dissent
- Tommie Shelby, Dark Ghettos, 38-48, 252-73
April 16, 18: Nonviolence (PL)
- Bikhu Parekh, Gandhi, Chapter 4 (“Satyagraha”), pp. 51-62;
- Gandhi, Satyagraha (Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing Co., 1951), excerpts.
April 18: Gandhi continued (PL)
- Gandhi, Notes, May 22, 1924 – August 15, 1924, in The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), New Delhi, Publications Division Government of India, 1999, 98 volumes, vol. 28, pp. 307-310
- Timothy Garton Ash, “Velvet Revolution: The Prospects,” New York Review of Books, December 3, 2009
The Person in Community
April 23: Civic Education: What all this means for what students should learn (EK)
- Joel Westheimer and Joseph E. Kahne, “Educating the ‘Good Citizen’: Political Choices and Pedagogical Goals,” PS Online
April 25: Civic Studies at Tufts and Beyond
Draft of second paper due
May 7: Final paper due.