Dr. Alessandra Von Burg- Associate Professor of Communications, Chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures
The purpose of this course is to explore the history and theory of citizenship as a participatory and deliberative global practice. We focus on the role of discourse, invention, and imagination in the making of permanent citizens, long-term residents, newcomers, and our role as temporary citizens, along with the norms and rules that make each of these roles unique.
The course emphasizes participatory and deliberative skills as part of the process in which communities are formed and citizens emerge as members, stressing unconventional examples of citizens who exist or struggle in unexplored geographical and metaphysical spaces, like beyond and in between Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, and the surrounding region, the United States as a nation, and the larger global context. Examples may include discourses around what we may consider ideal citizens locally, nationally, and globally; instances of creative and engaged citizenship; traditional and unconventional ways to bring about change; and unique contributions to Wake and the local, national, and global community.