CoursesCivil Dialogue Seminar: Civic Engagement in a Divided Nation
URBS 2445/EDUC 2445/COMM 2445

Civil Dialogue Seminar: Civic Engagement in a Divided Nation

Students will learn how to engage productively on challenging topics with friends, family, co-workers and fellow Americans. In this discussion-driven course, aided by a diverse, distinguished roster of guest speakers, students learn dialogue concepts, tools and skills derived from American history, social psychology and democratic theory. Class members help design and lead Can We Talk? regional student forums. For their capstone project, students can work individually or in teams to design a public dialogue on an issue they care about. The course was recently featured in the Washington Post.

Tuesdays, 12 PM – 2:59 PM

Our goal is for you to learn concepts, tools, dispositions and skills that will help you engage more effectively in the ongoing experiment of American democracy. These will also equip you to hold more productive conversations with family, on campus, online and at work.

This is an experiential seminar driven by discussions about issues that matter to you and by exercises where you and your classmates will test out the concepts you are learning. The seminar will integrate wellness concepts and exercises.

Your capstone project will allow you to design a civic dialogue around an issue that you care about. If you want to carry out your capstone idea in the real world, you can apply for money and help to do that.

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