Civic Engagement in Philosophy Classes
Ramona Ilea (Pacific University) shares news of an online resource for philosophy professors she has helped create called Engaged Philosophy. The site is a repository of information about incorporating projects of civic engagement into philosophy courses.
When students do civic engagement projects in our philosophy classes, they commit to making changes in their communities. Through their civic engagement experiences, reading, writing, and classroom discussion, students learn how philosophical reasoning matters in the world, improve their argumentative skills, and gain practical skills—particularly the ability to see themselves as agents of change.
Engaged Philosophy aims to help other philosophy professors—and their students—join us in civic engagement. The site facilitates organizing, participating in, sharing, studying, and disseminating the results of civic engagement projects in philosophy classes by showcasing examples of student work and by providing syllabi, results, and references.
The site already includes many examples of completed civic engagement projects, as well as sample syllabi and assignments. Check it out.