Planning for Engagement

Effective civic engagement requires good planning to determine who should participate and how. In this course, you will explore how dialogue can be incorporated into planning so as to deepen understanding of issues and choices. Emphasis will be placed on designing inclusive planning processes that encourage participants to express goals freely, appraise facts carefully, generate ideas creatively, and assess options dispassionately. Such processes help people collaboratively develop appropriate action that builds community and serves diverse needs and interests with an eye towards justice and equity.


Location: Online
Duration: 2 days
Tuition: $540
Can be applied to:
Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateWed, Nov 1, 2023
  • Wed, Nov 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Thu, Nov 2, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
Seats Available7

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Identify theories of a participatory and effective process
  • Identify steps in the planning process and tools for each step
  • Analyze key concepts for analyzing dialogue and civic engagement processes
  • Participate effectively in the design, implementation and appraisal of dialogue and civic engagement processes in your context
  • Challenge assumptions about the engagement process
  • Apply collaborative and inclusive frameworks and approaches for dialogue and civic engagement

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Advance readings
  • Assignments to be completed outside of scheduled class times
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and exercises
  • Recommended reading

You will be evaluated on:

  • Class participation
  • Assignments 

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.