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Civic Engagement and Social Innovation

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CSI/WGS 2020 SL. Identity, Gender, and Social Justice in High Point. This course explores the relationship of identity to ongoing social justice movements for equality within the frame of a contemporary U.S. context. As a service learning course, student will partner with community programs that address the individual and collective needs of the city of High Point’s residents, enhancing their understanding of course concepts through the application of real­ world problem solving. The weekly readings and classroom meetings will engage students in a critical examination of identity and social justice theories alongside current events in the High Point community. Four Credits. [SL]

 

CSI/PHL 3010 SL. Civic Responsibility and Social Innovation. This course examines the civic responsibilities HPU students have for the world in which they live. Students will learn ethical frameworks through which to analyze a breadth of pressing social issues (like poverty, racism, sexism, educational disparities, etc.). This, however, is more than a class in ethical theory. The class pushes students to engage in social change, social innovation, and best practices for actually making a difference. Students will work on service projects that address the social issues discussed in class, and the course content will help students craft future service projects that aim toward sustainable community change. Prerequisite: One previous SL course. Four Credits. [E, SL]

 

CSI 4098. Signature Work Praxis I. This is the first part of the capstone series for the minor in Civic Responsibility and Social Innovation. As a course requiring a “signature work,” students are challenged to address an unscripted problem of personal and social significance. Students will complete community-based research projects, community transformation projects, social entrepreneurship endeavors, or other forms of a signature work capstone that draw on students’ deep knowledge of the community and their coursework, both in and beyond the minor. This project will require significant writing, reflection, reading, and practical engagement in the community. The Signature Work Praxis develops in students the practices of problem-solving and integrative learning; it prepares students in their fourth-year to go out into the world ready to bring their liberal arts education from High Point University to bear on the professional and social challenges they encounter. Prerequisite: CSI/WGS 2020, CSI/PHL 3010, and 100 hours of documented and approved service in the City of High Point. Two Credits.

 

CSI 4099. Signature Work Praxis II. This is the second part of the capstone series for the minor in Civic Responsibility and Social Innovation. As a course requiring a “signature work,” students are challenged to address an unscripted problem of personal and social significance. Students will complete community-based research projects, community transformation projects, social entrepreneurship endeavors, or other forms of a signature work capstone that draw on students’ deep knowledge of the community and their coursework, both in and beyond the minor. This project will require significant writing, reflection, reading, and practical engagement in the community. The Signature Work Praxis develops in students the practices of problem-solving and integrative learning; it prepares students in their fourth-year to go out into the world ready to bring their liberal arts education from High Point University to bear on the professional and social challenges they encounter. Prerequisite: CSI 4098. Two Credits.

 

CSI 1001. Service and Success Workshop. This course will equip first semester Bonner Leaders with the skills and resources they need to do effective service and succeed in college. In the course students will explore strategies successful students employ in college, they will investigate the context, assets, and problems faced by people in the Piedmont Triad, and they will begin to shape their personal and professional goals for their time at High Point University and beyond. Prerequisite: Must be a Bonner Leader. One Credit.

 

CSI 1002. Civic Engagement Workshop. This course equips second semester Bonner Leaders to practice effective service in the diverse community of High Point. The course exposes students to a range of service models, which vary in their effectiveness, helping students craft an empowering and sustainable approach to service. A key part of these approaches must include understanding how to engage with diverse others, reflect on one’s own biases, and work across difference. Through exploring race, gender, and religious differences, the course aims to prepare students to enter these difficult conversations in the hope of promoting deeper understanding and real partnerships for service. Prerequisite: Must be a Bonner Leader. One Credit.

 

CSI 2001. Civic Leadership Workshop. This course prepares third semester Bonner Leaders to take on greater leadership at their service sites and on the HPU campus. Students will learn key markers of effective leadership, reflect on the systems, stories, and structures of leadership within their particular sites, and develop their own models of leadership. As part of their leadership models, students will reflect on the ethical implications of leadership and consider how they can help transform neighborhoods, non-profits, and student groups to practice responsible civic leadership. Prerequisite: Must be a Bonner Leader. One Credit.

 

CSI 2002. Community-based Research Workshop. This course equips fourth semester Bonner Leaders with the tools they need to effectively map the needs and assets of the communities and organizations in which they work. Bonners will develop their research and assessment skills as they help their partner sites research an issue critical to the effective functioning of the organization and its core mission. Through their research students will be lead to ask questions of social justice, equality, fairness, and more. Prerequisite: Must be a Bonner Leader. One Credit.