Civically Engaged Discourse

Full Course Title: 
Civically Engaged Discourse
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
123: T 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Term: 
Fall 2016
Categories: 
Global Issues
Categories: 
Well-Being
Categories: 
Civic Engagement
Categories: 
Service Learning

This course will invite students to engage in conversations about service, civic engagement, leadership and associating. We'll think and talk about what it means to be a citizen of ASU, the High Country, the US and the world. Through the reading of provocative texts, we'll practice the habit of civil discourse and respectful argumentation as we engage in service activities. Basically, we'll practice the habit of talking about our role in the community. Students will participate in community based service-learning to explore the four themes of serving, giving, leadership, and associating. The course will improve the student's ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize complex ideas in the context of current community issues. 

Instructor: 

Brian MacHarg is the Director of Civic Engagement at Appalachian State.  Prior to his work at ASU, he taught courses and directed service-learning at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is particularly interested in international connections to civic engagement and he has led student groups to serve in locations such as Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cuba, Ukraine, Rwanda and many others.  He earned his PhD from Barry University in Miami where he focused on student motivations for engaging in international service-learning.  When not working, he enjoys vegetarian cooking, disc golfing, and hanging out with his wife and many animal friends at home.  

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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