DRAFT Syllabus - Fall, 2005

Global Citizenship

Civic Intelligence for a
Changing World

The Evergreen State College
Fall, 2005 / Winter, 2006 / Spring, 2006

Lori Blewett, blewettl@evergreen.edu
Doug Schuler, douglas@cpsr.org

Fall Quarter Meetings: Every Wednesday (except Nov 23) (6:00 PM - 9:30 PM) & four Saturdays (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM); Oct 1, Oct 22, Nov 12, Dec 3
Seminar II, B1107

Is Another World Possible? The Global Citizenship program will explore global forces and local responses through the lenses of citizenship and collective intelligence. Students will develop a variety of individual citizenship skills. They will also work in teams over the three quarters to explore issues and ideas, characterize knowledge, and develop communication, leadership and computer skills. In addition to increasing theoretical understanding of global citizenship, students will develop relationships with organizations engaged in social change. In Winter quarter, students registered for 12 credits can elect to attend the weeklong World Social Forum in Venezuela for additional costs.

Credit will be awarded in social and computer studies.

In this program, we will consider the forces that are acting upon the world and how people can participate in shaping the future. We will explore meanings of citizenship, both old and new, and along the way we will develop and improve a wide array of citizenship skills ranging from public speaking to new media.


World Social Forum

Computer Center workshops

Sarah Ryan of the Evergreen Library made this library reference page for our class. We need to let her know if we need to add any publications or change anything.

Link to current legislation that would deny US citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants and non-residents.

article on EU citizenship

Conservatives Split in Debate on Curbing Illegal Immigration By Shailagh Murray.
This is an article briefly explains why some conservatives favor extending some form of resident status (such as a drivers license) to illegal aliens while others favor stricter border control and deportation.

And more links...

Fall Overview

Themes: (1) Civic intelligence what do we need to know to become global citizens? (2) historical and cross-cultural concepts of citizenship and related communication practices; (3) role of contemporary communication technology in changing patterns of civic participation and decision-making; (4) introduction to economic and cultural globalization; (5) global activism for global problem-solving.

Citizen skills: (1) analysis of local and global dimensions of social problems; (2) computer mediated communication and web design; (3) public speaking and intercultural communication.

Winter and Spring Overviews

In winter and spring quarters we will continue to develop the themes and skills from fall. Students will also have increasing opportunities to focus on particular global problems and global social movements of interest to them. Students will gather information about social change projects during winter and develop concepts for collaboration between Evergreen and social change organizations around the world. Students winter quarter will have the option of taking the program for four additional credits and attending the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela (described in more detail below). During spring quarter, in addition to developing citizenship knowledge and skills, students will work with a social change organization in various ways (such as public advocacy campaigns or web application development).

Fall Readings

This is not the complete list... We'll try to provide links to readings that are on the web.

Look up "Classic Liberalism", "Liberalism," and "Modern Liberalism" which are all online at http://www.wikipedia.org.

Citizenship and individuation in Turkey: the triumph of will over reason by Ayse KADIOGLU

Social Machines by Wade Roush, Technology Review, August, 2005.

As We May Think by Vannevar Bush, The Atlantic Monthly, June, 1945.

Strong Democracy (pdf file), From New Community Networks: Wired for Change by Douglas Schuler (Addison-Wesley, 1996). (If that doesn't work, try http://www.scn.org/ncn/chpt4.html.)

Fall Presentations

Socio-Technical Innovation I & II

Optional Participation in the World Social Forum (winter quarter)

The World Social Forum which takes place annually in the last week of January is a historically unprecedented forum for citizens and citizen movements. From the WSF website: "The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, to formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action. Since the first world encounter in 2001, it has taken the form of a permanent world process seeking and building alternatives to neo-liberal policies."

As part of the 12 credit option -- and special four credit option -- winter quarter, students will attend the WSF in Caracas, Venezuela in late January, 2006. While attending the Forum, students will keep journals and attend regular discussions. We will make every effort to make this trip viable for everybody who wants to attend. We will provide forms for visas, passports, financial aid and other relevant information. Although financial aid may be available, students are responsible for their own trip expenses. We estimate (roughly!) $2,500 for the 9-12 day trip ($1300 airfare, $100 registration, $500 lodging, $400 food and local transportation, $200 for visa and incidentals), although it is likely that prudent shoppers may be able to get by on less.

Global Citizenship program description (pdf) Academic Fair

Information on World Social Forum, 2006 in Caracas, Venezuela:

WSF image originally from http://eapn.horus.be/module/module_page/images/images/img_news/WSF%20p.9.jpg