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Teaching Civic Engagement$
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Forrest Clingerman and Reid B. Locklin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190250508

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250508.001.0001

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Civic Engagement in the Heart of the City

Civic Engagement in the Heart of the City

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Teaching Civic Engagement

Rebekka King

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates teaching for civic engagement as a means of promoting student awareness of homeless and other marginalized communities. Drawing on the example of a third-year religion course taught at the University of Toronto on the topic of Religion and the City, it suggests that a dimension of pedagogies of civic engagement is making the familiar seem unfamiliar. Through a student field trip, literary works, and a mini-ethnography assignment, students explore places and sites to which they are intimately connected from the perspective of the outsider or an otherwise citizen non grata. This chapter offers a practical example of the ways in which teaching for civic engagement can be integrated into courses through consideration of theoretical materials, case studies, and cultural data.

Keywords:   civic engagement, field trip, case study, civic identity, urban space, ethnography

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