About Identity, Service and American Democracy - PAF 112

Have you ever read the news or overheard a conversation about politics and felt helpless? You are not alone! Many people ask questions like: Does my vote matter? How do federal policies affect me? How can I make a difference? American Democracy is defined by its people participating, voicing their opinion, and making a difference.

In this course, you will learn about civic engagement and how people like you shape the world. You will also gain insight into how you can become an active and engaged member of your own community. You will interview public service leaders, investigate local issues, and form the what, why, and how of civic engagement, which you will use to create a civic action portfolio.

You will learn:

  • The basic principles of American Democracy and how they apply today
  • About civic engagement
  • How civic engagement has shaped the United States
  • How citizenship has changed over time through civic engagement
  • How to identify pathways to public service

This course was designed through a unique partnership with Service Year Alliance and Arizona State University. This course is ideal for those looking to identify pathways to civic action, such as corps members working in their year of service, individuals who would like to get more involved in their neighborhoods and cities, or those interested in creating change in their community.

Service Corps Members and Alumni

Service Corps members and alumni who wish to receive academic credit for this course may use their Eli Segal Education Award to cover the $400 course fee. To use the Eli Segal Education Award, sign up for the course here, and select the “Credit; Segal” option during the sign up process.

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Social-Behavioral (SB) and Cultural Diversity in the United States (C) General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Upcoming start dates

Mar. 15, 2022$25 + 400




8 weeks

Faculty and course staff

Jonathan G.S. Koppell

Dean & Professor,

College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Arizona State University