AMES 219S: Civil Society and Civic Engagement in the Arab World

Reader requirements: Interest in the Arab world plus experience in any area of public service (such as government/policy—national or international, business with global outreach, military)

  1. Course Information
  2. Schedule
  3. Giving Feedback

Course Information

Instructor: Prof. Mbaye Lo

Introduces students to realities of civil society and the mechanism of civic engagement in the Middle East and North Africa; explores assumptions on the role of civic engagement in promoting democracy; examines theoretical questions related to applying Western concepts of civic society in mostly majority Muslim countries. Students study modalities of society as well as Arab and Muslim writers conception of an ideal society and analyze civic engagement-oriented entities in the US in order to write and experiment with opportunities and challenges of furthering civic engagement in MENA. Students develop or evaluate a MENA related NGO. Service-learning requires 20 hours minimum outside of class


Student – Reader Interactions

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Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is the activity around which the entire project is designed. You may have considerable professional experience giving feedback on writing — whether to colleagues, employees, or other contexts — or perhaps this is an fairly novel experience. Given the aims and nature of the Reader Project, we are hoping that our volunteers engage with student writing in a particular way–one that is quite different from what is conventionally done in other contexts.

The primary aim of the project is to help students really understand what it means to write for readers, rather than as a school assignment. Think about the following when you give feedback, whether in writing or in real time:

  • Respond as a reader rather than as an editor. (They can get basic editorial help from others.) Focus on sharing your reactions to the draft as a user of such writing. What are you thinking as you read? More