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Darien Learning Community:  Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Non-Residential Learning Community

The Darien Learning Community allows students to take what they learn in the classroom about American politics and political thought, and put it into action on the Rutgers campus and in the New Brunswick community.  This learning community is offered in the fall and in the spring.  Students have the option of doing either learning community experience or both!    Students enroll in a three credit Political science course taught by Professor Andrew Murphy of the Department of Political Science (Political Science 375 for fall and 376 for spring). In conjunction with their coursework, DLC students participate in hands-on political experiences administered by Dr. Elizabeth Matto of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. In the fall, DLC students work on RU Voting, an initiative to register, educated, and mobilize Rutgers students to be politically active. In the spring, DLC students participate in RU ReadyTM, a civic education initiative administered in New Brunswick and area schools.

Eligibility:

  • Open to SAS, SEBS, RBS students of all majors and class years.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Participation Requirements:

1.  Learning Community members must co- register for Political Science 01:790:250:01  Topics in Political Science 1.5 credits and Political Science   01:790:375 American Political Thought 3 credits.

2.  Topics course is held once a week, 10:55am – 12:10pm, at Woodlawn Mansion Library, 191 Ryders Lane, Cook/Douglass Campus.   In the fall, DLC students work on RU Voting, an initiative to register, educated, and mobilize Rutgers students to be politically active. In the spring, DLC students participate in RU ReadyTM, a civic education initiative administered in New Brunswick and area schools.

3.  DLC students will make weekly blog entries to the Darien Learning Community blog on topics specified by Professor Murphy and Dr. Matto.

4.  Make a public presentation regarding the learning community experience at a culminating event to be held at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

5.  Students enrolled in 790: 250 and 790:375 will have the opportunity to be subjects in research studying students’ political knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The research includes an online assessment; the identity of research subjects will remain confidential; participation is voluntary; and students will be offered an opportunity to opt out of the research at the beginning of the semester without penalty. Acceptance into the DLC is not contingent upon students’ willingness to be research participants.

Application Process:
To request an application, contact Ghada Endick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Application deadline is Friday, March 30, 2012.        

More information available here.