Portland-State-University 2014-2015 Bulletin

PA 414U Civic Engagement: The Role of Social Institutions

Develops an understanding of the roles that social institutions (voluntary associations, public interest groups, educational and religious institutions, and nonprofit organizations) play within democratic societies. Additionally, the course investigates the literature on social institutions and social capital, including their historical development, modern forms, social functions, and ways in which they shape individuals’ participation in governing processes. Students will examine the relationships amongsocially sustainable communities, strong social institutions and private interests by analyzing the mechanisms that generate participation and deliberation.




Prerequisites: PA 311 or 312.
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