Choose one of the following to respond to with 500 words. Make sure you cite (MLA or APA) at least once from each of the assigned readings you reference.
You are to choose the opposite prompt to respond with 250 words.
a: Social Capital is defined as the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively. After watching the assigned video, and readings answer the following: Have you heard of social capital before? Have you ever considered who you know as a valuable resource? Why or why not? How does this relate to social capital and why is it valuable? How might you use this course to strengthen your own social capital?
b: How would you describe the civic circle to a classmate? How does service learning (as it is defined by the Christine Cress reading) fit in with it, or not? What does it have to do with the other readings assigned? How might you use this course to strengthen your own understanding of the community as a place “to combine”?
Assigned readings:
R.1 Blaustein, Arthur and Helen Matatov, Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport ‘The Value of Service’
R.2 Solman, Paul. “How U.S. History Could Provide a Path out of Polarization.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, 10 Nov. 2020, www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-u-s-history-could-provide-a-path-out-of-polarization.
R3 Cress, Christine et all., Learning Through Serving ‘What is Service Learning’, pp. 7-16.
R.4 Points of Light Civic Circle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-NCUY8ekdc)