Engaged Citizenship and Individualism

Engaged Citizenship and Individualism

The Tension between Engaged Citizenship & Individualism

Learning Objective: The creative tension between individualism and engaged citizenship is examined. The Service Learning Project (SLP) is introduced.

Option 1:

Watch a movie! Choose one of two films, Stand and Deliver, or McFarland. Both of these films are dramatic enactments of actual people whose choices and behaviors influenced the lives of others. The central figure in these movies is an ordinary person who chooses to defy conventional wisdom, while overcoming physical and other threats, to pursue a selfless goal which ultimately uplifted the human spirit of those around them. Compose an essay comparing and contrasting the behavior of the film’s central figure against our assigned readings this week regarding engaged citizenship. How do the choices and behaviors of the central figures in these films demonstrate engaged citizenship? Can you envision yourself in a similar role? Have you witnessed someone whose actions have been similarly inspirational? Please note, you may incur an out-of-pocket cost to view these films. The links below include free previews to the film.

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