40:827:201 Public Service as Responsible Citizenship (3) is about people living together in democratic communities and the particular role community service plays in support of those communities. Community service in a wide variety of settings has become a significant way in which we accomplish public goals. This course critically examines the community service approach to “public work” and seeks to understand how service might be more effective in improving community life. Students will learn basic strategies and tactics utilized by individuals, groups and organizations to maintain and improve the quality of life in their communities.
40:827:202 The Urban Experience in the United States (3) seeks to foster the development of self-reflective, culturally aware and responsive community participation. Students will better understand the complexities of urban communities, including the impact that oppression, power, and privilege have on urban communities and on each of us individually. Students will be encouraged to examine topics such as environmental health, employment opportunities, transportation networks, sub-prime mortgages, gentrification, etc.
40:827:301 Ethical Public Service (3) examines selected ethical problems and dilemmas facing public servants, including conflict of interest, confidentiality, deception, the appearance of impropriety, official disobedience, whistle-blowing, human rights, and the moral responsibilities of leaders and citizens.
40:827:302 The Global Urban Experience (3) course will introduce students to the cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental elements of life in the developing world. It will survey and critique dominant perspectives on international community development including: modernization, dependency, world systems, historical culturalism, and sustainable development. This course will also introduce students to International Community Development issues in the developing world such as poverty, healthcare, education, human rights and foreign aid; and to competing theoretical perspectives on development and change. Students will be encouraged to examine topics such as sustainable development, child soldiers, and the world AIDS crisis.
40:827:304 Government and the Non-Profit Sector (3) focuses on role of government, law and policy as well as the grassroots community development and citizen participatory processes of public service. The course will benefit students that interested in the role of non-profits in civic engagement and student that are interested in the role of local, state and national governments in public service.
40:827:330; 331 Service-learning Internship I (4) & II (4) is designed to provide students field experiences with community agencies to link academic work with meaningful community service. That will benefit both the agency and the student. Agencies will benefit with the infusion of enthusiastic students to assist in the delivery of services to their clients and students will develop a deeper understanding of their role as leaders in their communities as well as increase their civic and citizenship skills. The director of the undergraduate major will work in conjunction with the Career Development Center of Rutgers-Newark and other campus units to place students in a viable internship. (A prerequisite for this course is completion of either "The Urban Experience in the United States" or "The Urban Global Experience.") See Internships for more information.
40:827:402 The Arts and Culture of Public Service (3) course will focus on aspects of public service as they are portrayed in the arts, literature, and various media. Traditionally, the arts have long been considered a vital part of public service as they enhance the general cultural climate of the communities in which they are based. Often vital issues are portrayed through artistic means as alternative methods to communicate community values, and desires for change. This course will examine the impact and power of a range of artistic media on public service.
40:827:404 Volunteerism and Philanthropy in Public Service (3) focuses on how non-profit human service organizations develop the processes and structures of community planning and utilize volunteers. Students will have the opportunity to develop basic knowledge and skills in community service strategies, tactics, and techniques, including the ‘art’ of volunteerism. The course will focus on philanthropic initiatives at the individual, institutional and community levels and how these initiatives have re-shaped communities. The course will also explore the concept of "engaged philanthropy": a much more hands-on and long-term method of giving than conventional philanthropy; what types of people get involved in public philanthropy; what motivates those people; and how philanthropy contributes to the lives of both the recipients and sponsors.
40:827:406 Public Service Organizations (3) Focuses on basic theories on organizational behavior and performance. The course focuses on characteristics of public organizational and how it differs from that of private organizations. It looks at the limits to organizational growth and the internal and external processes that effect organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
40:827:408 Leadership for the Service Professions (3) builds upon the skills and knowledge successful college graduates learn through their many years as students, including: collaboration, leadership, active citizenship, multicultural understanding, reflective thinking, critical analysis, and the ability to be a change agent in their community. This course provides students with an understanding of public service providers and those in professional fields that reach out to communities through the provision of some type of public service. Each week guest lecturers from various areas, such as public administration, social work, law, urban education, criminal justice, public health, business, and philanthropy, etc., will lecture to students on the public service they provide or how they are enhancing a community through public service. This course will provide students with issue-oriented perspectives on public service that are potentially of interest to them.