Want to go back to school without the pressure and the expense?
Bill Ball, an NIF colleague at the College of New Jersey is inviting the public to participate in his seminar on Deliberative Democracy. This is an extraordinary opportunity to connect with students and to benefit from a structured learning environment. Bill is using the Deliberative Democracy Handbook as his course text. I co-authored a chapter on National Issues Forums for this book. AND a picture from Texas Forums is featured on the book’s web site.
Below is an e-mail from Bill.
Seminar on Deliberative Democracy — Invitation for Guest Members
I am teaching an undergraduate seminar on deliberative democracy this semester. We will be studying case studies of deliberative forums, critical evaluation research on their effectiveness, and conducting a NIF-style public policy institute as part of the course. Students in the course will be organizing and running their own issues forums and will conduct original research on deliberative democracy implementations.
I would like to invite members of the deliberation community to join the course as guests. The readings include chapters from The Deliberative Democracy Handbook and a large number of research articles that are available online, including some I have written. I would be happy to moderate a “shadow class” of DDnet folks via my college’s course software if enough people are interested in joining in.
You can download the syllabus at http://publicleaders.tcnj.edu/pol390_syllabus_s07.pdf
and take a look at it. If you would like to participate in online discussions of some of the readings, please send me your name and a brief statement of your background/interests for posting to the class.
Dr. William J. Ball
The College of New Jersey