The UCC approved the Public Deliberation: Citizen Dialogue Around Critical Issues course as well as the U.S. “overlay.” The course will be offered next fall and spring. I plan to take advantage of my ICB colleagues’ knowledge and ideas. As for homework, here are several goals and objectives.
Students will evaluate scholarly and popular sources used to describe public deliberation relative to specific public issues.
1. Students will read three journal articles and three public media sources related to a specific public issue.
2. Students will discuss the merits and weaknesses of their reading with a small group of peers.
3. Students will frame questions and develop at least three approaches to discussing and addressing a public issue.
Students will identify and utilize facilitation methods in conducting a public deliberation session of their peers.
1. Students will learn and practice describing the session’s purpose, agenda, and group member roles.
2. Students will learn and practice asking essential questions.
3. Students will recognize the stages of group decision-making.
4. Students will lead group members through a debriefing process.