Learning Communities

Learning Communities

As our model of learning through research has evolved, we have developed a number of sustained learning communities that involve faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and experts and practitioners from the local community and around the globe. These rewarding projects often extend research and classroom ideas into hands-on activities involving students, faculty, staff and various community organizations.

Examples include:

Citizen Roundtable on Politics and Democracy Series showcases the university's top talent and prominent visiting speakers through its annual series of intimate and engaging presentations. Following presentations by experts in their field, community members in groups of 20 to 30 participate in active discussions with a lecturer and with one another. Read more...

What's the Economy For? is a learning community that emerged from a lively discussion at the CCCE Citizen Roundtable and soon spread to students and faculty in various departments. With help from the Provost, various departments, and community experts, UW undergraduates were able to participate in intensive research and thinking about how different societies organize their economies for the benefit of different citizens. The result is a rich set of resources available to local, national, and international learning communities.

These and other learning communities emerged after CCCE sponsored many individual student research projects in the early years. We now feel that the learning communities provide opportunities for more students, and better integrate undergraduate and graduate students in the research life of the center. However we continue to recognize the amazing work done by many of our undergraduate interns at CCCE during the early years. Read more...

Becoming Citizens is an internship program involving faculty-student designed seminars on citizenship and civic engagement, led by graduate student mentors who facilitate undergraduate internships in schools and community organizations to promote youth participation in public life. With help from the Carlson Center, the Provost, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the departments of communication and political science, this program extends internship and service learning models in ways that bridge the classroom and the research center. The effectiveness of this program has been recognized by a grant from the Surdna Foundation to fund hands-on student involvement building digital media advocacy skills with community teens. Read more...

Global Citizen Project

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program

Faculty in the departments of Communication and Political Science at the University of Washington have integrated their teaching and research to provide an interdisciplinary Ph.D. concentration for prospective Ph.D. students who wish to study political communication. Read more...

Undergraduate Research Projects

Students are encouraged to take questions and ideas from the classroom into the research environment. Learn more about joining one of our teams, or contributing to the administrative and student support of projects. Read more...

Rethinking Prosperity: Communication for Sustainable Societies

How will we respond to the convergence of historic changes upon us? Our generation faces global pressures on food, water and a stable climate, along with growing inequality and fading dreams of a good life. How can we rethink old economic models that compound these problems? Our learning community is dedicated to searching for promising ideas, finding practices that work, and developing communication models to help different audiences, from citizens to policymakers, better understand these challenges and take effective action. Read more...

 

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