Civic Participation
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Lang College
Course Number: LNGC 1436
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
Social scientists have noted that while there has been a decrease in political engagement among the young, there has been a surge in volunteerism among those 13-25. In this course, we will explore the multiple pathways of engaging in civic participation as well as the ways that people may educate themselves and share their education during their civic work. In the first part of the course, we will look at several models of non-profit organizations from arts and culture to service and the many in between. In the second part of the course we will look at ways that students and institutions of higher education can engage and partner with civic organizations to enrich the experience offered by each as well as enhance the quality, diversity, and scope of the services and activities offered in the community. This course is premised on the conviction that each of us can be both life-long doers and learners and that the free and reciprocal flow of knowledge resources between institutions and communities is one of the most effective and enriching ways to build essential social capital and create innovative approaches and dynamic solutions to the challenges that modern communities face, from poverty and cultural drought, to atomization and lack of political and social engagement.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
First-Years Lang students only


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Freshman students.