Spring 2018 - 60565 - PA 150S - Issues in Public Service
What policy issues are prevalent in society today? Who are the leaders championing these issues? How does our perception of these issues affect our ability to be successfully engaged in society, and to successfully engage society? This one credit-hour monthly seminar, a joint course with Huston-Tillotson University, will provide students an opportunity to learn through service, guest lectures and team-based learning. Each student will be required to serve 30 hours over the course of the semester in the nonprofit or public sector agency of their choice (prior service hours or service connected to other class work may not be used to meet this requirement). The class period will largely consist of lectures presented by Austin-based nonprofit organizations and graduate faculty members from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The course will highlight Austin’s leaders and their role in confronting various policy challenges. Students will be expected to complete assignments and reflections in preparation for class sessions, to participate in a group service event in April, and to verify service hours through documentation.