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SQ: Civic Learning

How do people understand and engage in community life?

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963

Civic knowledge consists of an awareness and understanding of the various political and social processes that impact the nature and quality of life in local, state, national, or global communities. It also encompasses the cultivation of skills which may be useful in public life, like effective communication and ethical reasoning. Civic engagement means having an appreciation for and applying the values gained from civic knowledge in real world settings, directed at improving the quality of life in the communities of which one is a part. Civic knowledge and civic engagement emphasize learning, reflection, and action in order to create better communities.

UW Oshkosh Civic Learning Outcomes

The civic learning outcomes for the six braids of the spiral for the purposes of integration into a wide range of courses and co-curricular experiences are:

  • the self
  • communities and cultures
  • knowledge
  • skills
  • values
  • public action

Essential Learning Outcomes
Responsibility, as Individuals and Communities: Civic Knowledge and Engagement—Local, National, and Global

View Musil's Civic Knowledge and Engagement Learning Outcomes (pdf)

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