Revised 11/17/99 (PR).
Meets Thursdays 6-7:30PM in 409 West Hall
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This 1-creidt seminar course offers reading, reflection, and social networking experiences for students who are engaged in projects or considering careers that put information to work for community and public purposes. Most students will enroll concurrently in some kind of project work, either through a Directed Field Experience (DFE), an independent study, a workshop course such as 699, or a professor-led project (see examples below).
In this seminar, students will read about and discuss theories of community, civil society, and the role of the non-profit sector, and draw connections with their project work (reading and reflection). There will also be frequent opportunities to meet some of the national leaders of the community information movement (social networking) and possibly travel to relevant conferences and workshops. At the end of this course, students who are interested in pursuing careers in the community information movement should know how to begin a job search in this area.
You are encouraged to participate for multiple semesters (even all four semesters of the master's program); while we'll keep revisiting similar themes, there will be minimal overlap in the readings and activities.
The first day of each semester will be a project-fest, where faculty announce project opportunities and try to recruit you to join the projects, and Karen Jordan presents Directed Field Experience opportunities.
Students who have completed SI501 should register for this course as SI697. Other students should register for this course as SI597.
After participating in SI 597-697, you should be able to:
A course pack is will soon be available at Dollar Bill Copying, on Church Street, just south of South University. You will need to read materials before class so that we can have lively discussion (see reaction paper assignments below).
If you find a conference that's worth going to that and that you think will help you in assessing job prospects or developing project ideas for future semesters, you can ask me for travel funds.
Please register for this class pass/fail (satisfactory/unsatisfactory). This is not a class that lends itself to conventional grading. Last semester, I graded purely on effort, and almost everyone got an A. The school frowns on this. So my solution is to ask you to register for the course in a way that doesn't require you to receive a letter grade.
Thursdays 3-5 PM, and by appointment
|Jan 6||Introductions of people and projects||SI faculty; Karen Jordan||none|
|Jan 13||The roles of citizens||Walzer, M. (1998). The Idea of Civil Society: A Path to Social Reconstruction. In Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America. E. J. Dionne. Washington, DC, Brookings Institution: 123-143.|
|Jan 20||Public history and cultural heritage||James Steward, Director, Univ. Of Michigan Museum of Art|
|Jan 27||Roles and Values for Community-oriented Information Professionals||Michael Cohen|
|Feb 3||Venture philanthropy||Tom Reis, W.K. Kellogg Foundation|
|Feb 10||Deliberative democracy||TBA: Habermas, Elster, Cohen, or Rawls|
|Feb 17||Voter information systems||TBA: Publius? California Voter Foundation? Web, White, and Blue? DemocracyNet?|
|Feb 24||Community Technology Centers||Mara Rose, Playing to Win|
|March 9||Civic Engagement I: Why it Matters||Putnam book (excerpts)|
|March 16||Civic Engagement II: What is to be Done?||Excerpts from Putnam book, Saguaro seminar report|
|March 18, AM||Public lecture on civic engagement and social capital||Robert Putnam|
|March 23||Native American telecom||Karen Buller, National Indian Telecommunications Institute|
|March 30||Universal Service: communications policy||TBA|
|April 6||Neighborhood technology||John Griffin|
|April 13||Wrapup and project reflections|