Five College Consortium

Active Citizenship

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
American Studies
Course Number: 
221
Institution: 
Amherst College

This course investigates the practice and ideal of community in America both on a national and a local level, asking students to develop concrete strategies for strengthening the public sphere and fostering community life. We will consider the nature and limits of democracy, the meaning of belonging, the experience of stigma and exclusion, the concepts of civic responsibility and public discourse, and the conflict and compromises inherent in political advocacy. The course will pay particular attention to the struggles of often-marginalized groups to build healthy and just communities. Coursework will include contemporary and historical case studies, literary depictions, and more theoretical readings, as well as a substantial commitment to the observation of civic life at the local level. We will attend: school committee meetings, community organizing strategy sessions, select board meetings, board meetings of local nonprofit organizations and community gatherings. We will bring what we learn from these sessions into our classroom discussions of how to build socially just communities at the local level. Each of you will develop a personal action plan for how you plan to be an active citizen in the near and the long term of your life. 

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor del Moral and Lecturer Mead.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
AMST-221-01-1718S

Course Sections

Active Citizenship
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Solsiree Del Moral, Margaret Mead sdelmoral@amherst.edu; mmead@amherst.edu TTH 11:30AM-12:50PM CONV 209