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Fall 2018-2019
* WWS 385 / AMS 350 (SA)   No Audit

Civil Society and Public Policy

Stanley N. Katz

Civil society is the arena of voluntary organizations (churches, social welfare organizations, sporting clubs) and communal activity. Scholars now tell us that such voluntary and cooperative activities create "social capital" -- a stock of mutual trust that forms the glue that holds society together. The course will be devoted to the study of the history of these concepts, and to the analysis of their application to the United States and other societies. This will be an interdisciplinary effort, embracing history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and other disciplines.

Sample reading list:
Bender, Thomas, Community and Social Change in America
Ehrenberg, John, Civil Society: The Critical History of an Idea
Putnam, Robert D., Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Comm.
Eliasoph, Nina, The Politics of Volunteering
Safford, Sean, Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown

Reading/Writing assignments:
20-page research paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Community-Engaged Learning Component Optional
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21969 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   005   Enrolled:16 Limit:25