Civic Systems

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Overview for Teachers and Mentors

Unit 1: Here & Now

Unit 2: Analyzing Systems

Unit 3: Setting & Demographics

Unit 4: Action Patterns & Shared Ideas

Unit 5: System Change & Dysfunction

What is it?

Civic Systems is an introduction to systems-based learning (SBL) that uses the learner’s immediate environment and local government as primary learning resources. An understanding of systemic relationships is essential to societal survival and responsible citizenship, but is neglected by conventional textbooks and curricula.

Civic Systems instructional activities require “active learning” to help learners develop a full range of cognitive processing skills, and expand their understanding of the myriad systems—environmental, economic, governmental, and more—that shape their present and future lives.

Initial activities overlap the Introduction to Systems course, and use many of the same activities. In situations where more-conventional course subject matter is required, it may be substituted for that course.