Drake students will learn to participate effectively in democratic processes.
Democracy relies upon the participation of an engaged, knowledgeable and responsible citizenry. As preparation for active participation in public debate, Drake students learn to evaluate the mix of diverse values and interests that influence democratic decision-making. In a sophomore level course, students have the opportunity to bring diverse disciplines to bear in further developing the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will lead them to be active stewards working for the common good of local, national and global communities.
This requirement will be fulfilled through coursework that challenges students to critically reflect upon the social, economic or political institutions and issues that shape the choices they will face as citizens. Instructors will provide students with opportunities to model democratic practices or public engagement through participatory activities organized in the classroom and/or community.
Courses that achieve this AOI will engage students to achieve at least two of the following four outcomes:
- Learn to evaluate the mix of diverse values and interests that influence democratic decision-making.
- Establish skills, knowledge, or dispositions that lead them to be active stewards for the common good.
- Critically reflect on the social, economic, or political issues that they will face as citizens.
- Learn democratic practices or public engagement through participatory activities organized in the classroom and/or in the community.
To fulfill this requirement keep in mind that at least half of your course must address the AOI requested. Normally courses meet only one AOI. Exceptions must be clearly supported.
If the course is approved to meet this AOI you should place that information on the syllabus for the course and include the Engaged Citizen Learning Outcomes that are part of the class in the syllabus as well.
The UCC also encourages you or a representative from your program or department to attend our meeting for added clarification and quick turnaround.
Please inform the committee if there is a substantial change in an approved course, including a course number or major title change. This may require re-submission.