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Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership

Civic Education Programs

Contribution to the quality of undergraduate and graduate education.

The Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership contributes to the quality of undergraduate and graduate education through the promotion of civic education programs, internships, academic seminars, and professional conferences.

Examples of the Center's efforts in the area of teaching and civic education:

Interdisciplinary Minor in Civic Education and Community Leadership

The Civic Education and Community Leadership minor consists of 21 credit hours of course work designed to: (1) provide students with an interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes leadership and community service; (2) build on the college's service learning mission; and, (3) broaden campus efforts to build partnerships with local and state community organizations. The learning objectives associated with the minor include developing students' knowledge and understanding of civic leadership and community engagement, communication and advocacy, management and organizational behavior, local and regional affairs, economic development, politics and governance, and social justice and social change.

Because interdisciplinary perspectives are necessary to solve most public policy problems, 12 different disciplines across the campus - anthropology, communication studies, economics, English, geography, history, management, philosophy, psychology, political science, social work, and sociology - offer courses in the program.  Students completing this minor will be assigned a faculty adviser from one of these departments.  In addition to the requirements listed below, a grade of C or above is required in all courses applied toward the minor.  For further information, interested students should contact the coordinator of the minor, Dr. George Serra, Director of the Political Science Department's Center for Legislative Studies.

Course Requirements

Foundation Course (3 credit hours)

It is recommended that students complete the foundation course before completing the other components of the minor.

POLI 201

Foundations of Citizenship and Community Leadership

Experiential and Service Learning Course (3 credit hours)

Any of the following courses will satisfy this requirement if: (1) a substantial portion of course content is related to issues pertaining to civic education and community leadership and, (2) the student has gained written approval from the chairperson of the department offering the course and the coordinator of the minor.  Students should gain written approval prior to completing an experiential or service learning course to ensure that it will satisfy this requirement of the minor.

POLI 498, COMM 498, ECON 498, ENGL 498, GEOG 498, HIST 498, MGMT 498, PSYC 498, SCWK 498, SOCI 498

OR

Any course other than POLI 201 that contains a substantial service learning component.  Students should consult with their faculty advisor for the minor to identify such courses. 

Area Requirements (15 credit hours)

Students must take 1 course from each of the following areas.  A special topics course or an independent study offered by any of the departments listed below will satisfy a distribution area if: (1) a significant portion of course content is related to the distribution area and, (2) the student has gained prior approval from the chairperson of the department offering the course and the coordinator of the minor.  Students must gain written approval prior to completing a special topics course or an independent study to ensure that it will satisfy this requirement of the minor.

In fulfilling the distribution area requirements, students may not take more than 2 courses from the same department, and at least 3 of the courses must be at the 300-400 level.  No course can count toward satisfying one of the distribution area requirements and the experiential and service learning requirement listed above; students must choose whether they want a course to satisfy a distribution area requirement or the experiential and service learning requirement.

Communication and Advocacy

COMM

226

Introduction to Public Relations

COMM

360

Argumentation and Advocacy

COMM

365

Introduction to Intercultural Communication

ENGL

200

Personal and Public Writing

ENGL

201

Business Communication

ENGL

202

Technical Writing

ENGL

302

Technical Writing II

ENGL

396

Rhetoric and Style

Leadership, Management, and Organizations

ECON

375

Labor Economics

ECON

430

Managerial Economics

HIST

462

American Labor History

MGMT

130

Principles of Management

MGMT

140

Human Resources Management

MGMT

303

Organizational Behavior

MGMT

340

Labor Relations

MGMT

375

Personnel Development

POLI

279

Introduction to Public Administration

POLI

399

Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector

POLI

495

Administrative Law and Regulation

PSYC

313

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

SOCI

332

Sociology of Organizations

 

 

 

Local and Regional Affairs

ANTH

426

Seminar: New England Ethnic and Regional Communities

ECON

350

Urban Economic Problems and Policies

GEOG

353

Urban Geography

GEOG

462

Principles of Urban and Regional Planning

GEOG

463

Applications in Urban Planning

HIST

464

New England Textile Communities: Social and Economic History

POLI

277

American Government: State and Local

POLI

376

Urban Politics

SOCI

206

Cities and People: Urban Sociology

SOCI

426

Seminar: New England Ethnic and Regional Communities

Politics, Economics, and Governance

ANTH

331

Political Anthropology

ECON

101

Principles of Microeconomics

ECON

102

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON

340

Law & Politics  (cross listed with POLI 340)

GEOG

350

Economic Geography

GEOG

355

Political Geography

GEOG

431

Environmental Regulations

HIST

443

United States History: The Early National Period

PHIL

222

Philosophy of Law

POLI

340

Law and Economics (cross listed with ECON 340)

POLI

341

Constitutional Law and Politics: The Powers of Government

POLI

372

Legislative Process and Procedure

POLI

375

American Political Parties and Interest Groups

POLI

380

Public Opinion ad Mass Political Behavior

POLI

390

Public Finance

POLI

391

The American Presidency

POLI

479

Public Policy

POLI

495

Administrative Law and Regulation

Social Justice and Social Change

ANTH

115

Anthropology of Race, Class, and Gender

ANTH

204

Global Human Issues

ANTH

208

Anthropology of Women  

ANTH

305

Cultural Change

ANTH

319

Contemporary Native Americans

ANTH

435

Seminar: Global Feminism

GEOG

333

Environmental Justice

HIST

453

United States History: Progressive Era

HIST

465

African-American History

HIST

466

Women in American History

HIST

473

Asian-American History

INTD

240

Critical Perspectives in Women’s Studies

PHIL

235

Human Rights and Human Liberties

POLI

342

Constitutional Law and Politics: The First Amendment

POLI

343

Constitutional Law and Politics: Liberty and Equality

POLI

389

Racial Politics in the United States

POLI

476

Women and Politics

PSYC

310

Social Psychology

SCWK

250

Introduction to Social Welfare

SCWK

270

Social Work Issues of Diversity and Oppression

SCWK

333

Social Work with the Aged and Their Families

SCWK

350

Social Welfare Policy

SCWK

415

Social Services in Alcohol and Substance Abuse

SCWK

432

Social Work Practice with Communities and Individuals

SOCI

103

Social Problems

SOCI

104

Global Human Issues

SOCI

207

Social Inequality

SOCI

312

Discrimination and Prejudice

SOCI

315

Race and Ethnicity in America

SOCI

316

Social Movements

Curriculum Advisory Council Disciplines

Name

Department/Division

Sandra Faiman-Silva, Department Chair

Anthropology

Arthur Lizie, Department Chair

Communication Studies

Michael Jones, Department Chair

Economics

John Kucich, Acting Department Chair

English

Madhu Rao, Department Chair

Geography

Keith Lewinstein, Department Chair

History

Gal

Management Science

 

Philosophy

 

Psychology

Kevin Connelly

Political Science

 

Social Work

 

Sociology

Ann Brunjes (ex officio),  Acting Associate Provost

Academic Affairs

David O'Malley, Faculty Associate  (ex officio)

Academic Service Learning

George Serra, Director (ex officio)

Center for Legislative Studies

Mark Kemper, Assistant Director (ex officio)

Center for Legislative Studies

Diane Bell, Director (ex officio)

Community Service Center

Nancy McFadden (ex officio)

Social Work

 

The Washington Center Program for Internships and Academic Seminars

Bridgewater State University is one of more than 750 colleges and universities nationwide that participates in the Washington Center's nationally recognized experiential education. Founded in 1975, The Washington Center has provided over 25, 000 students with internship opportunities at the nation's capital. The Washington Center combines real-world work experience with academic learning. Internships are available with more than 1,000 public, private, and nonprofit agencies in all fields. Students also participate in one-and two-week academic seminars on selected topics.

The Internship:

  • Four and one half days per week
  • One academic term (15-week semester, 12-week summer)
  • Academic credit is awarded by Bridgewater State University (12-15 credits)
  • Substantive, entry-level professional work to merit academic credit
  • No more than 20% clerical work
  • Salary or stipend recommended but not required

Applicants:

  • Second semester sophomores or above
  • Demonstrated maturity
  • Wide range of majors and career fields
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average

The 3.0 minimum grade point average is required by Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) to be eligible for the tuition exchange program. The BHE provides Bridgewater State University nine tuition wavers for Massachusetts residents participating in the program and the college waives fees. Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 is also available for residents (Spring and Fall semesters). Students are eligible to apply for the program with a 2.8 grade point average; however, all expenses are your responsibility.

Global Civic Education and Leadership Program

The Global Civic Education and Leadership Program is an initiative of the Bridgewater State University Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership. The objective of the initiative is to increase project impact by coordinating civic education development opportunities within and outside of the BSU college community. Current partnerships are being developed in the United States of America, the Middle East, in China, and in Africa. Recent projects have included international relationships with partners in the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Iraq, China, and Cape Verde.

The goal of the program is to approach civic education and leadership through a wide lens, using the concept to tie together research, community service, service learning, curriculum development, and grant development.

On-going projects include:

  • Short-term Faculty Exchanges with Other Institutions of Higher Learning
  • Research and Publication
  • Networking and Resource Sharing
  • Curriculum Development
  • Distance Mediated Education
  • Resource and Grant Building
  • Collaborative Service Learning
  • Student Exchange

Creating "Sustainable Communities" - 2010-11 Global Education project

2012 - NEWSLETTER: BSU Sustainability: A Collaborative Effort of Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members

In the 2010-2011 school year, the Global Education and Leadership Program focused primarily on community outreach, research, and publication. Dr. Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger, as coordinator of the program, published two books chapters, submitted a chapter for publication, and completed three conference and community presentations through the support of the program. Additionally, this calendar year, the program began a new video series titled "Sustainable Communities", a series which allows community experts on sustainability, citizen participation, and social justice to speak about important global education and leadership issues. Seven videos were prepared and disseminated during the calendar in collaboration with the BSU TV Studio. The program allowed graduate students in the MPA program to practice their public speaking skills as facilitators on topics including organic food, coffee, green jobs, organic farming, recycling, reuse, social justice, genocide, and democracy. Undergraduate BSU students helped produce and edited the videos. Undergraduate students also participated as guest as they highlighted their work on projects such as Democracy Plaza and One-Million Bones project. The program also helped with the CLS project and presentation "Democratic Transitions In the Middle East: Opportunities and Challenges". BSU faculty and staff members who contributed to the center include Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger, Ed Brush, James Hayes-Bohanan, Ron Maribett, Mary Cahill, Arthur Slotnick, Matthew DeGrechie, Shaheen Mozaffar, Sandra Popiden, Jodie Kluver, and Kevin Donnelly.

Insight Dubai Conference Scholarships - 2008 Awardees

The Bridgewater State University - Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership and its Global Civic Education and Community Leadership Program would like to congratulate the recipients of the three 2008 conference scholarships to Insight Dubai at Dubai Women's College in the United Arab Emirates. Each of the scholarship winners will have the costs of their conference fees, lodging, and food covered. BSU faculty and students have participated in women's leadership conferences in the United Arab Emirates since 2006. The Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership has provided assistance for over fifteen faculty and student trip to the United Arab Emirates since that time. Sponsored participants focus on international development, Middle Eastern politics and culture, and women's leadership.

The 2008 awardees are Sarah Chu, Kerri-Anne Hollingshead, and Laura Goodspeed. Tracey Livingston, an alumnus of BSU, will also be attending the conference as an alumni facilitator.

Congratulations to all four participants!
 

 

Photos of Global Leadership Projects:

Insight Dubai - Women as Global Leaders at Dubai, United Emirates

- Dr. Deniz Leuenberger, Assistant Professor for Political Science and Coordinator of Global Civic Education and Leadership Program

 

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)

- Dr. Wendy Haynes, Associate Professor for Political Science

 

 

 

 

For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger.