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SYLLABUS YFE 535 YOUTH CIVIC DEVELOPMENT Fall Term, 2003 Tuesdays, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. 301B Agricultural Administration Building Instructor: Connie Flanagan ([email protected]) 336 Ag. Admin. 863 7425 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 or by appointment Staff Associate: Betty Blair ([email protected]) 417 Ag. Admin. 863-3824 Course Description and Objectives This course is designed as an interdisciplinary graduate seminar. The objective is for students to become versed in a cross-disciplinary body of literature that bears on the civic development of young people and for students to be able to assess institutions and programs for youth in light of that understanding. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the readings listed for each session. Required readings are the materials listed for each class period on the syllabus. Additional (non-required) readings which you may find useful are listed at the end of the syllabus. I have tried to keep the costs of the course pack for this class down by making as many readings as possible available on electronic reserve or as attached files. The letters next to each reading on the syllabus are marked either with an E (available from the library’s electronic reserve system) or CP (available in the course pack) or I (available from instructor as e-mail attached files or hard copies). Course Requirements A. Research Paper The paper must address issues of relevance in the course topic but choose a topic that grabs your interest. Think about a topic early in the course and discuss it with me. Consider turning in an early draft (or several drafts) and using my feedback and editing in a rewrite of your final draft. The paper can be theoretical and/or a combination of theory and programmatic applications. We will build in time in the last class periods for students to informally share their work with the class. 60% of grade B. Additional (non-required for the whole class) readings will be incorporated in specific classes. Each student will read articles (your choice), synopsize them for the class on the date designated for discussion of that topic, and formulate questions for discussion. A format for these summaries will be provided in class. 25% of grade C. Attendance and participation in class discussion. 15% of grade 9/2: Course introduction: Overview and background lecture What is youth civic/political development? 1
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9/9 Defining "the problem" Reframing the question CP Galston, W.A. (2001). Political knowledge, political engagement, and civic education. Annual Review of Political Science, 4
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