The Engaged Citizen

Drake students will learn to participate effectively in democratic processes.

Democracy relies upon the participation of an engaged, knowledgeable and responsible citizenry. As preparation for active participation in public debate, Drake students learn to evaluate the mix of diverse values and interests that influence democratic decision-making. In a sophomore level course, students have the opportunity to bring diverse disciplines to bear in further developing the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will lead them to be active stewards working for the common good of local, national and global communities.

This requirement will be fulfilled through coursework that challenges students to critically reflect upon the social, economic or political institutions and issues that shape the choices they will face as citizens. Instructors will provide students with opportunities to model democratic practices or public engagement through participatory activities organized in the classroom and/or community.

Courses that achieve this AOI will engage students to achieve at least two of the following four outcomes:

  1. Learn to evaluate the mix of diverse values and interests that influence democratic decision-making.
  2. Establish skills, knowledge, or dispositions that lead them to be active stewards for the common good.
  3. Critically reflect on the social, economic, or political issues that they will face as citizens.
  4. Learn democratic practices or public engagement through participatory activities organized in the classroom and/or in the community.

Link to Approved Course List

University News
August 29, 2014
In collaboration with UnityPoint Health, Drake University is hosting a panel discussion, “Young People, Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Recognizing the effects of marijuana and other drugs on tomorrow’s leaders.”
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