Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum

Civic Engagement


Definition:   Civic engagement is “working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.”

UAF Learning Outcome:   Civic engagement is an essential component of Learning Outcome #3:

Acquire tools for effective civic engagement in local through global contexts, including ethical reasoning, intercultural competence, and knowledge of Alaska and Alaskan issues.

Facility will be demonstrated through analyses of issues including dimensions of ethics, human and cultural diversity, conflicts and interdependencies, globalization, and sustainability.

Please note that other components of this Outcome–including intercultural competence and Alaska and Alaskan issues–are addressed separately.

Performance goals:   To contribute to the fulfillment of Outcome #3, students receiving a baccalaureate degree from UAF should successfully complete coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities that enhance their understanding in at least one of the following areas:

Civic identity and commitment

Civic communication

Civic action and reflection

Civic contexts and structures

Learning Objectives:   Students demonstrate significant fulfillment of one or more of the following goals through applicable coursework or some combination of courses work and practical application:

Apply academic knowledge to the analysis and/or solution of real world problems in contemporary, socio-political contexts

Explore how historical contexts, issues and developments shape human conflicts and interdependencies–from local to global–and inform the search for possible solutions to contemporary social problems

Tailor communication strategies to effectively express, listen, and adapt to others with the goal of establishing relationships that bridge cultural divides and further civic action

Identify and/or apply theories and methodologies of sustainability to civic participation

Demonstrate knowledge of multiple ethical frameworks that inform relationships within and among communities.