Course Syllabus Focus
Course Syllabus Institution
This course will examine the state of “civil society” throughout the world. It will look at the mix of arrangements different societies and cultures use to address common concerns (such as providing social services, dealing with ethnic conflict, or achieving self-governance), how voluntary organizations are established and function outside the United States, and the conditions under which the traditions of philanthropy and voluntarism can be nurtured. It will also consider whether or not “civil society” is a universal feature of social life – and always a desirable one – and whether or not it is on the rise – or waning – as an idea and a reality. Not least important, by scrutinizing the experience of other countries and cultures, the course aims to give students a greater understanding of the nature of -- and possibilities for “civil society” in the United States.