American Gov Proj

Civic Engagement Project (100 points)

“The only title in our democracy superior to that of President is the title of citizen.” – Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Module Learning Objectives

  1. Complete a research project related to one of the Standard Course objectives. (CO 3, 4, or 5)
  2. Analyze the influences on American National Government in policy decisions. (CO 5)
  3. Demonstrate proper application of APA formatting and reference documentation. (CO 6)

In this course, you are also required to perform a civic engagement project. This assignment is also listed in the main lessons section of the course site. Overall, the goal is for you, the student, to become more socially and civically connected to the needs of your community and to promote the importance of community engagement and community service.

Civic engagement leads to higher social capital, which is the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively. Scientific studies show that civic participation affects not just individuals, but entire communities. Neighborhoods with higher levels of civic participation have a greater sense of community, lower levels of crime, and citizens who are healthier and happier. States and countries with greater proportions of civically engaged citizens have lower rates of disease, mental illness, and suicide. They, too, have lower crime rates, as well as having greater economic prosperity, better-educated children, and more effective governments.

  • Research 2 nonprofit organizations and compare and contrast them. Minimum writing is 3 pages.


      • 1. What did I learn about the issue at hand? Why is this issue so significant?
  1. What policy positions were promoted? Do you agree with these policy positions? Why or Why not?
  2. Are there any other solutions that you would propose to this problem? How can you and other US citizens/residents have an impact on this issue?
  3. What impact can civil society have on public policy?

Answer the following question:

            • In your view, what is the most important aspect of civic engagement & what would you do to promote civic engagement to your friends & family