PPS 196.30 – BORDER CROSSING: LEADERSHIP, VALUE CONFLICTS & PUBLIC LIFE
This is the preparation course for students who plan to conduct community-based research projects in the summer through the Service Opportunities in Leadership Program, or another research service-learning opportunity. Students will be trained in basic research methods, complete a 20-hour service project for a local community organization, and be introduced to a leadership framework for undertaking complex problem solving work in the public arena. The course is designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge and critical reflection skills for entering other cultures to conduct research with community organizations.
It is inevitable that students will encounter value conflicts when they enter a new culture. Some of the most important work of this course will be our mutual reflection on the meaning, uses and misuses of these conflicts. We will approach this work through our theme this semester: religion and public life. We will explore the history of how religion, politics and public policy issues have become intertwined in the U.S. and abroad and investigate contemporary issues that represent a spectrum of viewpoints on faith and politics in our culture. The heart of the course will be a presentation of case studies that illuminate the complexities of religious values that can become either impediments to public problem-solving work or resources for its successful completion.
[Areas of Knowledge: SS, EI; Inquiries/Competencies: R, W] PERMISSION REQUIRED