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More Community INVST Studies Spring Courses 2013

Community Studies, Spring Courses 2013
INVS 1523 — Civic Engagement: Democracy as a Tool for Social Change. Taught by The
Honorable Dorothy Rupert, former Colorado State Senator, Mondays 6-8:30 pm in KOBL 102
Educates and inspires students for civic engagement by exploring democratic values and the rights and
responsibilities of citizenship. Develops theoretical knowledge and practical skills for participating in a
diverse democratic society, especially at the state level, through analyzing legislative issues, making policy
recommendations, and advocating for change. (3 credits) Approved for Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum:
United States Context.
INVS 2919/ EDUC 2919 — Renewing Democracy in
Communities and Schools. Taught by Elaina Verveer.
Section 801 meets Mondays 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Section 802 meets Mondays 6:00pm – 7:30pm in
Education 143
This service-learning course will change your life! Examines
concepts of citizenship, democracy, power, and diversity
through classroom discussions and participation in a local
Public Achievement project. Along with taking a class at
CU, spend time each week doing community service with
local primary & elementary school students, helping them
design community-based projects to make a positive
difference. Through community-based partnerships,
students will develop leadership skills; dialogue with diverse
groups of people; identify multiple perspectives around
controversial issues; and learn to use research and writing to articulate public problems and advocate for
their solutions. (3 credits) Approved for the School of Education Minor. Info: erin.ulrich@colorado.edu
INVS 3402 — Another City is Possible: Re-Inventing Detroit, Michigan. Taught by Sabrina
Sideris, Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm – 4:45pm in Stadium 140
In this course we will critically examine how occupations and industries we have chosen for decades
have actually contributed to damaging the Earth. We will re-imagine Detroit, a post industrial city where
change is most urgent & therefore most viable, looking at community groups that have emerged to offer
solutions to the most pressing social problems. We’ll look at urban farms as community-based solutions
for sourcing healthy food in neighborhoods in Detroit that had been classified as food deserts. We’ll
look at youth-led organizations using technology to empower and engage, and alternative schools that
are providing meaningful learning opportunities during the academic year and the summers. (3 credits)
INVS 4402: Nonviolent Social Movements.
Taught by David Meens
Wednesdays 3 – 5:30 pm in Chem 131
Explores theories of democracy and
development in relation to movements for
nonviolent social change. Focuses on means
and ends, spirituality, leadership, decisionmaking,
civil society and decentralized power.
In this course we will look at examples of
nonviolent change from various countries and
various times, in the present tense & in the past.
(3 credits)