MWF 9:00-9:50 am
Cross-listed with GS 220X
This course will explore contemporary conceptions of service, defined broadly as “voluntary action for the common good.” We will begin by looking at the changing landscape of service in America, from the charitable and voluntary associations of the early republic to the rise of the non-profit sector in the twentieth century, before turning to current models of social entrepreneurship and national service that raise new possibilities and challenges in the twenty-first century. Along with investigating changing models for action, we will explore the value of reflection as an essential dimension of service by engaging in reflective reading and discussion of short pieces of fiction and poetry. This discussion-intensive course is based on careful reading, focused conversation, and regular writing, as well as thoughtful examination of our own understandings and experiences of service. CC 300 AX/GS220 is a required course for the minor in Philanthropic Leadership and Service.
Bornstein, David. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas
Collins, Jim. Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great
Davis, Adam. Taking Action: Readings for Civic Reflection
Khazei, Alan. Big Citizenship: How Pragmatic Idealism Can Bring Out the Best in America
Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America (abridged)