Course Sequence

CCESL Courses

  • AH/SS 2580

    A strong democracy depends on its members to use their power, knowledge, ethics, and strengths to identify problems and work together to build stronger, healthier communities for all people. Community Organizing: In this course, students learn about the history of community organizing in the United States, the role of community organizing in contemporary social movements, as well as the components of the community organizing process. Students develop an understanding of the history of community organizing,  develop and practice organizing skills, and expand their understanding of their own perspective regarding civic agency, democracy and their role in these constructs. 

  • AH/SS 2581

    Denver Urban Issues and Policy: As members of the Denver community, we have the responsibility and right to investigate important issues and co-create solutions that center equity and inclusion. Taking public action means different things to different people depending on what they care about and how they perceive their strengths, skills, and talents. The aim of this course is three-fold. First, the course will introduce students to some of the most critical issues facing Denver and local efforts to address those issues. Second, the course will provide the space for students to explore pathways through which they might take action as well as develop the skills needed to take action effectively. Third, the course will prepare students for a lifetime of civic learning and action by creating a supportive environment where students practice moving through CCESL's four key pathways for community-engaged scholarship and learning on a weekly basis: THINK, CONNECT, ACT, REFLECT.

  • SS 2583

    From Public Good Theory to Action: This course is the final course of the three-course sequence. Through this course, students integrate their personal, professional, and academic goals with a focus on social change culminating in a clear sense of their identity as public good scholars as well as a personal action plan that they can implement to address a social justice issue of their choosing. Students apply an anti-oppression analysis to their plan including how the Four I’s of Oppression manifest in their selected topic, ways to center the knowledge/voices of the communities most impacted by the injustice/systemic oppression, and how white supremacy shows up in their issue and how the plan could actively work against white supremacy.

  • SS 3890

    Public Good Pathways Independent Study: The Public Good Pathways Independent Study provides academic credit for reflection, integration, and synthesis of a student’s current and previous work that contributes to the University of Denver’s public good vision. This work is directed by a faculty member and overseen by the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) and may be completed in collaboration with one or more community partner(s). Public Good Pathways Independent Study opportunities are individually designed as experiences for students who have completed at least one community-engaged class, and they require approval from the Director of CCESL.