Civic Innovation

Professors

Talmage A. Stanley, Chair

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

CVIN 100 : Intro. to Civic Innovation

Students understand the distinguishing characteristics of innovation and innovative practice, and work with peers building effective collaborations that address a community need. Students identify and analyze the root causes of the need they are addressing, propose creative outcomes, and outline the innovative practices to achieve those outcomes. Civic Project: Entry level project work.

Semester Hours

4

CVIN 124 : Skills Seminar: Project Design & Mgmt.

Students develop skills for implementing major projects, focusing on innovation and prototyping social entrepreneurial ideas. Students will acquire skills for identifying results and articulating their work in terms of results achieved in projects and other settings.

Semester Hours

1

CVIN 125 : Skills Seminar: Public Presentation

Students make public presentations, engage in public debate on current civic issues and questions, and facilitate collaborative planning process focused on bringing innovative solutions to a local problem. Students develop a personal results eportfolio to be utilized in project based work across the Emory & Henry curriculum.

Semester Hours

1

CVIN 126 : Skills Seminar: Interviewing/Research

Students acquire skills for organizing and implementing collaborative research to find innovative responses to community needs. Students learn how to deploy interviewing, transcription, and reporting skills, and social media skills for effective collaborative innovation and project implementation.

Semester Hours

1

CVIN 200 : Public Movements, Social Chang

Drawing from efforts for social and cultural change across regional, national, and international contexts, students apply key lessons and strategies to specific contemporary issues and questions, emphasizing the development of innovative ideas and building support for them. Students understand the difference between policydriven innovation and change and citizen driven innovation and change, particularly in the Appalachian context, and assess the effectiveness of those change efforts based on outcomes.

Semester Hours

3

CVIN 205 : Skills Sem: Allicances for Innovation

As part of an ongoing major project, student teams effectively organize and mobilize citizens to take on collaborative work that innovatively addresses community needs to achieve tangible results. Teams develop result leaders, recruit participants, negotiate instances of conflict, and identify and learn from mistakes. Civic Project: Organizing Collaborative Work.

Semester Hours

4

CVIN 224 : Skills Seminar: Innovative Leadership

Students apply best practices of innovative leadership to nonprofit organizational issues, including governance, board structure and effectiveness, staff development, volunteer recruitment. Students use GIS technology to support prototyping and programming.

Semester Hours

1

CVIN 225 : Skills Seminar: Funding Innovation

Students understand the difference between conventional funding such as grants from foundations and funders who act as investors in innovative responses to problems, questions, and issues, looking for a return on the investment. Students accommodate and address both opportunities.

Semester Hours

1

CVIN 226 : Skills Seminar: Program Development

Students will learn how to prototype innovative responses to community needs and issues, and acquire skills for assessing those efforts by learning from successes, failures, and mistakes with an emphasis on knowledge creation for further innovation.

Semester Hours

1

CVIN 240 : Research Methodes for Innovation

Addressing an identified civic issue or question, students apply a range of both quantitative and qualitative research methods to identify innovative ways to achieve tangible outcomes for a community.

Semester Hours

3

CVIN 250 : Appalachia

By examining the interface between politics, public policy, private sector business, citizen activism, and the complex dynamics of place, students articulate an understanding of the history, culture, and status of the people Appalachia. Students apply the understanding to contemporary public issues in Appalachia and develop innovative responses, creative strategies, and outcomes. May have a travel component.

Semester Hours

3

CVIN 255 : Place & the Built Environment - NYC

In the contexts of the five boroughs of New York, students examine and articulate the relationship between urban society and the built environment, with particular focus on the effects of that relationship on civic innovation for social justice. Students apply their understanding to contemporary urban contexts, including New York, and to local rural communities. Has a travel component.

Semester Hours

3

CVIN 260 : Ireland

Students explore and articulate social and cultural contradictions in contemporary Irish society, the role of place in Irish cultural and political identities, and the interplay of the Irish diaspora and homeland in Irish politics and culture. Students apply their understanding of these factors in contemporary Ireland to issues and questions in the American national and Appalachian regional contexts, looking for innovative, cross cultural, and international solutions. Has a travel component.

Semester Hours

3

CVIN 300 : Innovative Leadership

Students are entrepreneurial leaders in a major ongoing project. As project leaders, students utilize concepts of innovation, social entrepreneurship, results planning, and the identification of citizen leaders.

Semester Hours

4

CVIN 312 : Politics and Public Policy

Based on identified community issues, student teams write a public policy to address the issue. Students articulate the role of citizens in policy formation and the political process. Students equip persons and groups to be active participants in the processes of policy formation and enforcement. Students demonstrate understandings of the ways that public policy is formulated and implemented in the United States; the role of elected officials, bureaucrats, interest groups, and social movements in setting policy priorities and writing law; and the differences between the policy process at the national, state, and local levels of government.

Semester Hours

3

CVIN 345 : Innovative Capacity/Community Developmen

From examining contemporary situations, students understand the distinctions between asset based and need based community development, as well as the role of spark plugs in communities and how to build the innovative capacity of communities and leaders. Students use quantitative data to analyze community issues, applying these in a major ongoing community development project.

Semester Hours

4

CVIN 350 : Special Topics

Selected topics in civic life, civic innovation, leadership, cultural studies, place, community development. Topics chosen by instructors in consultation with students. May be repeated for different topics.

Semester Hours

3

CVIN 400 : Senior Project

While engaged in a significant leadership on a major collaborative project, drawing on the work already accomplished in the CVIN program, students deploy entrepreneurial leadership skills, developing innovative solutions to identified problems and opportunities, to achieve tangible outcomes on the project. This serves as one part of the two part capstone experience. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

6

Prerequisites

senior status and permission instructor.

CVIN 450 : Capstone Seminar / Thesis

Students produce a major interdisciplinary paper in which they explore an issue or question they have confronted over their time in the program. Students apply concepts of innovation, citizenship, and place, articulating a statement of purpose or identity of themselves as innovative civic leaders. Both the paper and the results portfolio are a part of the student's capstone presentation. Public presentation of Four Year Results Portfolio.

Semester Hours

3

CVIN 460 : Independent Study

Advanced independent interdisciplinary research in a specific area related to Civic Innovation, under the supervision of a faculty member.

Semester Hours

4

CVIN 470 : Civic Project

Civic innovative work focused on achieving identified outcomes for an organization, agency, or community, jointly supervised by department and a proven civic innovator. A Civic Project, depending on scope of work and ambition of outcomes, may carry between two and six hours credit with the permission of the program director. Credit hours will be determined before the launch of the civic project and will reflect the scope of work required to achieve the identified outcomes.

Semester Hours

6

CVIN 490 : Honors Thesis I

Independent and interdisciplinary research in a special topic for honors.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

senior status, GPA of 3.

CVIN 491 : Honors Thesis II

Independent and interdisciplinary research in a special topic for honors.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

senior status, GPA of 3.