Critical Thinking, Civic Engagement, and Social Responsibility Essay
Must be submitted online in Blackboard via this assignment link before the deadline as a PDF only.
Instructions: Using a formal essay format (includes an introduction, body, and conclusion; uses a formal, professional tone), answer the assigned prompt below. Cite all sources. The list of references or Works Cited page should be placed on the second page.
Format: 1 page only maximum for the essay itself (and resources go on the second page), single-spaced only, Times New Roman font, font size 12, and 1-inch margins all around. The heading should include your name, student number, class and section, date, and “Critical Thinking, Civic Engagement, and Social Responsibility Essay” as the title. APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, or APSA citation methods are permitted, but pick one approach and be consistent. Only a PDF will be accepted in Blackboard via the assignment link. No other format versions will be reviewed. No exceptions. No emailed essays or hard copies at the office will be accepted.
Definition: Civic engagement is “working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.” (Excerpted from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000, Preface, page vi.)
In addition, civic engagement encompasses actions wherein individuals participate in activities of personal and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community. (Source: https://www.aacu.org/civic-engagement-value-rubric)
Based on the readings and video materials, course themes, and lessons from your POLS 2305 class this semester and the abovementioned definition, what does “civic engagement” and “social responsibility” specifically mean to you? Clearly explain the connections that you have made between the class and your own political perspectives and behaviors (now and/or in the future).
Include concrete examples from any of the assigned class readings, videos, and assessments.
Outside research is allowed.
Writing in first-person (i.e., using “I” statements) is permitted.
Picking one major theme for the essay is preferred rather than tackling lots of different ideas in too many separately themed paragraphs.
Note: In this essay, be mindful of any political elements and dynamics related to civil liberties and civil rights.
Your thesis statement must directly address the aforementioned prompt questions in the introduction. A thesis statement may be more than one sentence. Be specific in your thesis statement, not just generally descriptive (e.g., avoid “In this essay I am going to talk about…). The rest of the essay should then provide in-depth explanation and evidence that is based on your original thesis statement from the introduction.