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 Course Title:   Communication and Civic Engagement

 Title Abbreviation:   Comm. & Civic Engagement

 Department:    CMST

 Course #:    104

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2

 CIP:    231001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

This course will focus on skills needed for a productive service learning experience: interviewing, interpersonal communication, group communication, and, if the project requires it, public speaking. Students will: receive information about service learning in general, research possible service learning projects, and engage in a community-based project with other members of an assigned group.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
N/A

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the influence of culture on communication, specifically
    • Identifying cross-cultural misunderstandings with the community
    • Identifying community needs as defined by the community
    • Acknowledging diversity within communication settings
    • Entering, participating in, and exiting communities appropriately
  2. Develop critical thinking skills by, specifically
    • Identifying and applying appropriate strategies to address community problems
    • Identifying community resources and creatively making use of these in addressing community issues
    • Reflecting on the service learning experience and articulating connections between experience and reflection
    • Participating in activities as an active citizen in a democracy
  3. Demonstrate basic skills in communication by, specifically
    • Using oral skills appropriately in interpersonal, intercultural, group, and/or public speaking contexts
    • Identifying different leadership strategies an developing a personal leadership style
    • Listening actively and responding with cultural sensitivity
    • Researching community resources
    • Organizing and presenting ideas orally and/or in writing
    • Demonstrating effective time management

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.
5.2 Identify diverse communities and their shared/competing interests and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of conflict.

5.5 Demonstrate ethical practices as part of stewardship to local/global communities and environments.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.
6.4 Use self-reflection to recognize and define a sense of self-identity in personal, social/gender, and/or cultural/global terms and in relationship to others.

Course Contents

  1. Researching Community Resources
  2. Community/Diversity Issues
  3. Service Learning Practices
  4. Interviewing Skills
  5. Working in Groups
  6. Leadership
  7. Oral Communication Skills
  8. Organization