|Email address:||wilcoxen at syr.edu|
|Office hours time:||Mon and Wed, 10:00-11:30 or by appointment
|Office hours location:
||Eggers 426 (or Zoom by appointment)
All course materials, including the instructions for assignments and the corresponding due dates, will be posted at the URL below. In addition, Microsoft Teams will be used for weekly updates. Blackboard will only be used for submitting written assignments.
This is a project-oriented course in which you will: (1) select and analyze a real-world problem, (2) develop an idea that would address it, and (3) engage one or more decision makers from a government, nonprofit or business organization to take action. Together, those three components will comprise your Action Plan: a pragmatic, real-world example of civic engagement based on social-science research.
As you’ll see over the course of the semester, an Action Plan will involve multiple kinds of problems and multiple actions by multiple parties. To avoid confusion, we’ll use the following terms in class: the problem is the socio-economic condition that you think needs to be improved (i.e., the world’s problem); your organization is a nonprofit or government agency you would like to enlist to address the problem; action is what you would like the organization to do (which may include collaboration with you); stakeholders are people or organizations that will be impacted by the action but have little direct influence on whether the organization takes the action; players are people within or outside the organization who have influence on the action that will be taken by the organization; obstacle is something that you’ll need to overcome (i.e., it’s a problem for you rather than the world’s problem); strategy is the set of activities taken by you to overcome obstacles, including gaining support from those needed to get the organization to agree to the action; and project is the overall set of activities comprising your Action Plan, including any negotiations you carry out with players and stakeholders.
You must be a CCE major and have completed MAX 301: Ethics, Justice, and Citizenship and MAX 302: Research Seminar on Civic Engagement and MAX 310: Community Placement in Ethics, Justice and Citizenship.
After completing this course, you will be able to do each of the following tasks. The broad CCE program learning outcomes are shown in parentheses.
Grades will be based on the activities listed in the table below. The weight of each component in the overall semester grade is indicated in the "weight" column. The details of each assignment, including its due date, will be posted on the main class web page.
|Preliminary Executive Summary
|Specific problem and population
|Evaluation and sustainability||5%||2|
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