POLS106N : The Citizen and Society

The course will provide an understanding of the meaning of public policy, its importance, and the role that citizens can take in shaping it. The course will also review operations of government at the local, state and federal levels. Learning techniques to address actual community, state and/or national concerns will be an integral part of the course. Students will engage in the democratic process to apply a model of active citizenship, analyzing and influencing a current public policy. Using deliberation skills, they will work with a group of classmates to accomplish this. Field trips to local and state offices and meeting with public officials may be a part of this course. This course is a requirement for all students in the First Year Program who have not yet selected a major.