Teaching Civic Engagement

One of the department's major initiatives in civic engagement is professor Dick Simpson's project "Teaching Civic Engagement."  This includes a book, website, and numerous other teaching resources including sample lessons, syllabi, and activities.

(the following is taken from the American Political Science Association website)

"APSA is pleased to announce the release of the Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen edited volume compiled by editors Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Elizabeth A. Bennion, and Dick Simpson and with contributions from political scientists leading research on civic engagement within the discipline and related fields. Covering a wide range of critical discussions over 27 chapters, this work is a significant and timely contribution to the study of civic engagement.

"This website is offered as an additional resource and as an extension of the book. It provides concrete examples of how educators from fields ranging from American government to comparative politics have built methods of teaching active citizenship into their coursework. Visitors will find sample syllabi, examples of class projects, and boilerplates for assessments that correspond to the chapters featured in the edited volume. In addition, lists of references for each section of the volume are provided."

Watch the editors discuss the importance of civic engagement:


Additional resources

Students are strongly encouraged to get involved in the political process. Please see the links below to learn more about civic engagement. 
The Civic Literacy Wiki is a collaborative effort to provide civic education resources that are available to teachers and students. 

California Campaign for Civic Education is sponsored by the California Coalition for Civic Renewal with the mission of promoting civic education. 

American Civic Literacy Program is run by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and is designed to improve and promote the teaching of American history at the collegiate level. 

Wayne State University - Civic Literacy, promoting the Youth Urban Agenda Civic Literacy Project to encourage involvement and better citizenship. 

The Youth Urban Agenda/Civic Literacy Project, housed by Wayne State University is geared towards building the skills of youths required to participate in a democratic society. 

I-Civics is dedicated to the promotion of civic learning through the use of interactive and engaging learning resources. 

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) - Civic Literacy seeks to promote the learning of the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as citizens, workers and leaders