2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Civic Intelligence: Will We Be Smart Enough, Soon Enough?

NEW! Last Updated: 02/23/2009

Spring quarter

Faculty: Douglas Schuler social informatics, computer supported cooperative work, software engineering

Major areas of study include social science, community informatics, social change and media literacy.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Note: This 8-credit program will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on selected Saturdays. The first class will meet in Sem 2 E3109.

This program is devoted to social learning and social change. It asks the basic question: "How do societies perceive problems and how — if at all — do they address them?" Civic intelligence addresses the perceived, actual, and potential capacity for individuals, groups, and societies to respond intelligently, effectively and equitably to the challenges they face.

This intellectually rich area is vitally important as societies attempt to find solutions to problems related to climate change, food insecurity, environmental degradation, militarism and war, and economic inequity. The civic intelligence perspective integrates theory and practice by bringing diverse areas of inquiry including education, political economy, communication technologies, digital and human networks, social change, and media literacy together into a common "real world" focus. As part of that perspective we will explore historic civic experiments and innovations (the work of Jane Addams and John Dewey, for example) as well as more recent examples like the World Social Forum, truth and reconciliation commissions, the Liberating Voices pattern language for communication revolution, and large scale deliberative projects such as "Europe in One Room." As a program we will grapple with several big questions including "What, if anything, can 'ordinary' people do?"

Class activities will include discussions, faculty, student, and guest presentations, films, workshops, occasional in-class writing, and, hopefully, a field trip or two. In addition, students will explore projects, campaigns or events that are based on their own interests using analytic tools and frameworks in conjunction with practical knowledge.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in academia, government, journalism, non-profit organizations, and activism.

Planning Units: Society, Politics, Behavior and Change, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 23rd, 2009 Spring location added.