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Public Achievement

SSI 293

Public Achievement

SSI 293

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 AND WRITING LEVEL 2.

Introduces and applies a process for making positive-change in communities. Emphasizes the power of citizenship in democracy and that ordinary people can challenge the status quo through collaboration and working toward a common goal. Provides opportunity for "coaching" a team of middle- or high-school students in designing and implementing projects to solve civic problems while learning lifelong skills to engage in politics and public life. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate an understanding of the power of citizenship in democracy

Objectives:

  • Analyze democracy as the rule or work of the people.
  • Identify interests and what makes a particular person or group connected to an issue.
  • Practice community change that begins with individual citizens working together toward a common goal.

Analyze, navigate and reflect aupon power relationships between those who are influenced by and have influence over an issue of concern.

Objectives:

  • Apply a working definition of politics as a process of negotiating situations involving power relations and making public decisions.
  • Practice power mapping a situation involving a variety of decision makers and stakeholders.
  • Analyze situations involving power to determine barriers to positive change.

Work collaboratively with others and lead a team toward a common goal.

Objectives:

  • Understand and practice the values and skills that facilitate productive interaction with others.
  • Mentor young people to pursue their education as a means of affecting p positive change in t heir lives and com munities.
  • Practice encouraging others to persevere in the work of citizenship.
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking in developing solutions to problems.

Experience diversity and the benefits/challenges of working with a diverse group of stakeholders to enact positive change.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the importance of listening and appreciating the diverse experience, ideas and perspective others bring to an issue.
  • Practice the art of questioning to generate reflection and encourage effective problem solving.
  • Understand how dimensions of diversity affect social institutions and policies, or our expectations of and interactions with others.

Relfect on experience to determine personal development of values.