“BOOT CAMP” FOR CITIZEN-THINKERS
The Responsible Citizen Seminar at PCC
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Have you had it with oversimplified & manipulative political communication?
Would you like to examine complex social issues in an atmosphere of respect & intelligence? Then this seminar is for you. It’s especially designed for busy, responsible citizens – take your pick of time and place:
● Monday evenings from 6:40-9:40 p.m. at PCC, starting February 23, 2009
● Thursday evenings from 6:40-9:40 p.m. at PCC starting February 26, 2009
This special class, offered as part of PCC’s spring semester, provides citizen-thinkers with practical tools to help them meet the awesome challenges they face in the 21st Century. Each participant will focus on a major public policy issue of interest to him/her, and will practice applying a variety of ethical decision making tools to better analyze this issue.
These tools include: argument analysis, research skills, handling informational complexity, examining cultural & psychological influences on political decision-making, and becoming acquainted with some major ethical theories from the Western and non-Western traditions.
Finally, participants will work together in groups and build on each other’s strengths, so that they can better confront the “mess” that is our geo-political environment. Seminars will also include a special research tutorial at PCC’s Shatford Library and visits from guest faculty members. For busy, working adults who are concerned about the potential workload, they can take the course for a “credit/no credit” designation.
Tuition for the class is $73. The seminar is facilitated by Dr. Linda Handelman, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College.
“A great experience–philosophically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally!” M.K.
“What a blessing to have civil discourse about a host of prickly topics among a
varying group of once-total strangers! Thanks to Dr. Linda Handelman.” J.S.
++ Guest Speakers, Congeniality & Snacks
“We live in a pro-and-con world and this course provides the discipline to examine both sides of issues with marvelous results.” G.S.
“The eclectic mixture of students and professionals made for
an enriching and unique learning environment.” M.V.
Class size is limited. Although the class is also available to PCC students, we are making a special effort to reach out to responsible citizens from the community. If you think you might be interested in participating or if you have any questions, please contact us as soon as possible and we will reserve a space for you for our Spring Semester class.
Call Dr. Handelman’s office: (626) 585-7406 or