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 to that builds community and serves diverse needs and interests with an eye towards justice and equity.
Planning for Engagement
This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):
Course schedule: This course is offered via online-supported delivery. Access opens on the first date listed to allow you to complete pre-readings and assignments in preparation for your first class. Virtual classes begin on the second date listed and run from 10 am to 3 pm PT. The course will end one week after the final date listed to allow time to complete a final assignment.
What will I learn?
By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
- Identify theories of 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 a 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 will I learn?
- Pre-readings and assignments
- Class discussions and exercises
- Recommended reading
Who should take this course?
This course is open to anyone who would like to learn more how dialogue and engagement can help mediate public issues. We strongly recommend some background understanding of dialogue and civic engagement.
How will I be evaluated?
We will evaluate you based on your class participation and assignments.
Textbooks and learning materials
We will provide custom course materials.
Hardware and software requirements
You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.
Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.
You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page.