Spring 2017

Building Community

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-221

Moodle site: Course


Molly Mead (Section 01)


This course investigates the practice and ideal of community in America both on a national and a local level, asking students to engage in specific projects aimed at strengthening the public sphere and fostering community life. We will consider the nature and limits of democracy, the meaning of belonging, the experience of stigma and exclusion, the concepts of civic responsibility and public discourse, and the conflict and compromises inherent in political advocacy. This course will pay particular attention to the struggles of often-marginalized groups to build healthy and just communities. Coursework will include contemporary and historical case studies, literary depictions, and more theoretical readings, as well as observation of a range of community building efforts at the local level:  from grassroots organizing to town government.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Lecturer Mead.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to American Studies majors


Community Based Learning


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020