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Term:  Spring, 2013

Instructor: Tony Filipovitch, 126 Morris Hall, 507-389-5035, 507-388-2264 (home)

Office Hours:  My office hours are posted here.  I am available in my office at those times (or other times by appointment).  I also check my e-mail daily (usually several times during the day), and have an answering machine on both my home and office phone. 

There is no reason to flounder around, unsure of what “he wants” or confused about what you are doing; and even if everything is going fine with the coursework, there is more to learning than completing the assignments.  I encourage you to visit me, in person or at a distance by phone or e-mail, many times during the course.


Robinson & Green.  2011.  Introduction to  Community Development.  Los Angeles:  Sage Publications.

While there is a textbook for this course, the course is not the text. There will be supplemental readings (see the Course Calendar), as well as extensive reflection and discussion of primary data that you will be collecting.

Course Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the varieties of leadership in the community.  You will learn through classroom work, through service learning, and through the creative act of writing. You will look at the principles and practices for managing community groups, and at the ethical and civic responsibilities of a democratic society. 

By the end of the term you will be able to:

1.      Define and recognize leadership and the various expressions of it in the community;

2.      Apply civic and ethical values to action in public settings;

3.      Practice skills of citizen engagement, including conversation, collaboration, citizen participation, and citizen self-government;

4.      Apply your knowledge and skills directly in the community.

In addition to the specific course outcomes, there are three additional outcomes that are common to most, if not all, courses at MSU:

1.      Develop your creative and critical thinking powers in addressing problems and opportunities;

2.      Develop personal communication skills, both oral and (especially in this course) written;

3.      Improve your ability to work and interact with others in a team approach.


This is a “service learning” course which requires approximately 30 hours of volunteer activity in the community.  It is also a “writing intensive” course, which means that you will be expected to do a fair bit of writing and to edit and rewrite what you have written. 

1.  Class Activities

Since this is an online class, you are expected to do the readings assigned from the text and linked to the course calendar, and be prepared to post an online discuss of them by the assigned date. You will also partner with a classmate to review each other’s writing.  One of the best ways to learn to write well yourself is to read and reflect on other people’s writing—it sensitizes you to issues such as point of view and sense of audience, as well as mechanical issues involved in moving ideas from your head onto “paper.”  It is also a way to practice the leadership skills of working with others and providing constructive feedback to others.

2.  Service Learning:

This course is structured so that you have the opportunity to learn about community leadership (as a concept, as a skill, and as a value) both online and “on the ground.”  You are required to spend a significant amount of time (minimum 30 hours) as a volunteer for a community-serving organization (in return, the amount of “classtime” is reduced compared to other courses).  While there, you will have the opportunity to be of service, and to observe how those around you serve and lead.

3.  Writing Assignments:

This is a writing intensive class.  Writing affords you the opportunity to practice and convey what you have learned including higher-order thinking (analysis, synthesis and evaluation).  All writing assignments must be submitted on D2L, using Microsoft Word.  You will post your assignment and you will review in detail a classmate’s assignment (using the writing rubric that I provide on the syllabus).  You will then revise the text and resubmit it to D2L (which I will then review and grade).  In writing your projects, I expect you to refer to other people’s ideas and to footnote your sources.  You may use any standard style manual (Harbrace, Chicago, Turabian, APA, etc.), but be prepared to document that your usage is supported.

Each of the five assignments is discussed in greater depth here.  In brief, the assignments are a Reconnaissance essay, a Walkabout essay, two Observation reflections, and a Turning Point reflection.

Course Calendar

Due date


Reading from Text

Notes/Additional Readings



Course Intro

Service Learning; Chs. 10-17 (as interested)

Choose service-learning “context”; Form “communities of interest,” select service-learning activity/placement


The Art of Conversation

Democracy & Disagreement ; “The Second Coming”; Our Mutual Indignation Society; “It’s a Draw”;  “You Want Compromise?”


Community Development

 Chs. 1-3

Community Institutions; “Bowling Alone”; “Yours, Mine, and Ours—Under Threat




Writing rubric; Response form

Reflection Essay



Chs. 4-6

National Conference on Citizenship; Civic Health Index; CIRCLE






Walkabout Essay; sample


Community Leadership

Ch. 6




Role of Conflict

Ch. 7

Getting Past No





Observation Essay:  Community & Its Needs; sample


Leadership Types

Ch. 8

Authentic Leadership; Leadership Quotes; Wendell Berry “Manifesto


Enneagram; Enneagram description; Enneagram Summary; “Couple’s Enneagram Questionnaire” (in D2L)


Attend a public council/commission meeting





Observation Essay:  Activities/ Relationships


Working Together

Ch. 9

Smart Communities





Final Essay:  Turning Points





Final revision of Turning Points & course evaluation due

Attendance & Class Participation:

Students play an important role in educating and challenging each other.  This can only happen if there is consistent attendance.  I expect you to attend, and I may take the class roll.  Unexcused absence (prior notification is required—even if I am not available, voice mail and e-mail always are) can result in loss of points toward one’s grade.  You are paying for this class—make sure to get your “money’s worth.”  Most importantly, this is an excellent foundation of knowledge for future activities, and it is a chance for you to learn, teach, and grow with others.


4 writing projects @ 15 pts.      60

Final Essay                                25

Class participation                     15


The final grade may be based on a curve, but students can expect at least an A if they achieve 90, a B with 80, etc.

Other Matters:

All assignments are due on the assigned date.  Partial credit may be given for assignments that are less than one week late, unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

Written reports are expected to be free of grammatical, spelling, and content errors.  They should be submitted in typewritten, standard formats (APA, MLA, URSI Style Sheets).  You must familiarize yourself with the University’s Academic Honesty Policy.  I encourage you to draw on the ideas of others—but you must also identify when you do so (you gain “brownie points” for citing the work of others!).  Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic behavior and will result in an F for the course.

I will help you in whatever manner humanly possible.  However, once the semester is over, there is not a great deal I can do.  If there is something that you don’t understand, are having problems with, or need help on, please get in touch with me as early as possible.

Every attempt will be made to accommodate students with disabilities.  If you area student with a documented disability, please contact me as early in the semester as possible to discuss the necessary accommodations, and/or contact the Disability Services Office at 507-389-2825 (V) or 1-800-627-3529 (MRS/TTY).


1.  Civic & Ethical Values


BELLAH, R.N. et alii.  1985.  Habits of the Heart.  New York:  Harper & Row.


BELLAH, R.N. et alii.  1991.  The Good Society.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf.


BIERMAN, A.K.  1973.  The Philosophy of Urban Existence.  Athens:  Ohio University Press.


BOYTE, H.C.  1989.  CommonWealth:  A Return to Citizen Politics.  New York:  The Free Press.


DEWEY, J.  1927.  The Public and Its Problems.  New York:  Henry Holt & Co.


FRIEDMANN, J.  1979.  The Good Society.  Cambridge:  The MIT Press.


GUTMANN, A. and D. THOMPSON.  1996.  Democracy and Disagreement.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press.


KEMMIS, D.  1990.  Community and the Politics of Place.  Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press.


KEMMIS, D.1995.  The Good City and the Good Life.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Co.


KOTLER, M.  1969.  Neighborhood Government:  The Local Foundations of Political Life.  Indianapolis:  The Bobbs-Merrill Co.


LIPPMANN, W.  1947.  An Inquiry into the Principles of the Good Society.  Boston:  Little, Brown and Co.


MATHEWS, D.  1994.  Politics for People:  Finding a Responsible Public Voice.  Urbana:  University of Illinois Press.


TUAN, Y-F.  1986.  The Good Life.  Madison:  The University of Wisconsin Press.


VILLA, D.  2001.  Socratic Citizenship.  Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press.



2.  Institutional Structure


ALINSKY, S.D.  1971.  Rules for Radicals.  New York:  Random House.


BENDER, T.  1978.  Community and Social Change in America.  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press.


GREEN, G.P. and A.HAINES.  2002.  Asset Building and Community Development.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.


HENDERSON, P. and D.N. THOMAS.  1980.  Skills in Neighbourhood Work.  Boston:  George Allen & Unwin.


ILLICH, I.  1973.  Tools for Conviviality.  New York:  Harper & Row, Publishers.


KORTEN, D.C. and R. KLAUSS.  1984.  People Centered Development.  West Hartford, CN:  Kumarian Press.


KRETZMANN, J.P. and J.L. MCKNIGHT.  1993.  Building Communities from the Inside Out.  Chicago:  Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern University/ACTA Publications.


LAKEY, G.  1968.  Strategy for a Living Revolution.  San Francisco:  W.H. Freeman and Co.


LIPPITT, R., J. WATSON, and B. WESTLEY.  1958.  The Dynamics of Planned Change.  New York:  Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.


MORRIS, D. and K. HESS.  1975.  Neighborhood Power:  The New Localism.  Boston:  Beacon Press.


NISBET, R.A.  1953.  The Quest for Community.  New York:  Oxford University Press.


POPLIN, D.E.  1972.  Communities:  A Survey of Theories and Methods of Research.  New York:  The Macmillan Company.


RUBIN, H.J. and I. RUBIN.  1992.  Community Organizing and Development, 2nd Ed.  New York:  Macmillan Publishing Company.


URY, W.  1993.  Getting Past No:  Negotiating Your Way from Confrontation to Cooperation, Rev. ed.  New York:  Bantam Books.


WARREN, R.B. and D.I. WARREN  1977.  The Neighborhood Organizer’s Handbook.  Notre Dame, IN:  The University of Notre Dame Press.


WARREN, R.L.  1963.  The Community in America.  Chicago:  Rand McNally & Company.


ZANDER, A.  1990.  Effective Social Action by Community Groups.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass Publishers.



3.  Fostering Civic Engagement


CHISHOLM, D.  1989.  Coordination Without Hierarchy.  Berkeley:  University of California Press.


CHRISLIP, D.D. and C.E. LARSON.  1994.  Collaborative Leadership:  How Citizens and Civic Leaders Can Make a Difference.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass Publishers.


DAVIS, P. ed.  1986.  Public-Private Partnerships:  Improving Urban Life.  New York:  The Academy of Political Science.


GRAY, B.  1989.  Collaborating:  Finding Common Ground for Multiparty Problems.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass Publishers.


HARWOOD GROUP.  1993.  Meaningful Chaos:  How People Form Relationships with Public Concerns.  Dayton, OH:  Kettering Foundation.


WINER, M. and K. RAY.  1994.  Collaboration Handbook:  Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey.  St. Paul, MN:  Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.



4.  Leadership


AUTRY, J.A. and S. MITCHELL.  1988.  Real Power:  Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching.   New York:  Riverhead Books.


BOLMAN, L.G. and T.E. DEAL.  1997.  Reframing Organizations:  Artistry, Choice, and Leadership.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass Publishers.


BOYTE, H.C.  2004.  Everyday Politics:  Reconnecting Citizens and Public Life.  Philadelphia, PA:  University of Pennsylvania Press.


BURNS, J.M.  1978.  Leadership.  New York:  Harper & Row, Publishers.


CLEMENS, J.K. and D.F. MAYER.  1987.  The Classic Touch:  Lessons in Leadership from Homer to Hemingway.  Homewood, IL:  Dow-Jones Irwin.


DEPREE, M.  1989.  Leadership Is an Art.  New York:  Dell Publishing.


GALBRAITH, J.K.  1983.  The Anatomy of Power.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company.


GARDNER, H. 1995.  Leading Minds:  An Anatomy of Leadership.  New York:  Basic Books.


GARDNER, J.W.  1984.  Excellence:  Can We Be Equal and Excellent Too? Rev. ed.  New York:  W.W. Norton & Company.


GREENLEAF, R.K.  Servant Leadership.  Mahwah, NJ:  Paulist Press, 1977.


HESSELBEIN, F., M. GOLDSMITH, and I. SOMERVILLE, eds.  1999.  Leading Beyond the Walls.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass Publishers.


JACKSON, P.  1995.  Sacred Hoops:  Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior.  New York:  Hyperion.


NANUS, B. and S. M. DOBBS.  1999.  Leaders Who Make a Difference.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass Publishers.


TERRY, RW.  1993.  Authentic Leadership.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.


WHEATLEY, M.J.  1999,  Leadership and the New Science 2nd Ed.  San Francisco:  Berrett-Koehler Publishers.


WREN, J.T., ed.  1995.  The Leader’s Companion:  Insights on Leadership Through the Ages.  New York:  The Free Press.



5.  Leadership in the Community


ADDAMS, J.  1990.  Twenty Years at Hull-House, with Autobiographical Notes.  Urbana:  University of Illinois Press.


COLBY, A. and W. DAMON.  1992.  Some Do Care:  Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment.  New York:  The Free Press.


COY, P.G., ed.  1988.  A Revolution of the Heart:  Essays on the Catholic Worker.  Philadelphia:  Temple University Press.


FREEDMAN, M.  1993.  The Kindness of Strangers.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass Publishers.


HAWKINS, J.D., R.F. CATALANO, Jr.  1992.  Communities That Care:  Action for Drug Abuse Prevention.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass Publishers.


KOZOL, J.  1988.  Rachel and Her Children:  Homeless Families in America.  New York:  Fawcett Columbine.


LOEB, P.R.  1999,  Soul of a Citizen:  Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time.  New York:  St. Martin’s Griffin.


MCLAUGHLIN, M.W., M.A. IRBY, and J.LANGMAN.  1994.  Urban Sanctuaries:  Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner-City Youth.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass Publishers.


MURRAY, H.  1990.  Do Not Neglect Hospitality:  The Catholic Worker and the Homeless.  Philadelphia:  Temple University Press.


RIIS, J.A.  1971.  How the Other Half Lives.  New York:  Dover Publications, Inc.


ST. ANTHONY, N.  1987.  Until All Are Housed in Dignity.  Minneapolis, MN:  Project for Pride in Living.


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