Examples Incorporating Service Learning
Sample course descriptions
- HONS 250: Social Justice and Civic Engagement
This course involves the application of human relations principles toward effective relationships within socially diverse groups and communities. Conceptual frameworks of social justice will be applied to contemporary issues with an emphasis on age, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and ability status. To enhance academic learning in the classroom, students will be required to complete and document forty-five hours of service in the community. (For a full description of this course, see “Honors 250” below).
- HONS 251 : Social Justice and Civic Engagement Laboratory
Alternative Breaks have emerged as a popular form of service learning at colleges and universities. Students who enroll in this optional laboratory must complete two Alternative Break weekends during fall semester or a weeklong Alternative Spring Break during winter semester. This one-credit laboratory course fulfills the community service requirement for HREL 251.(For a full description of this course, see “Honors 251” below).
Service Learning samples
In Course Design & Learning Objectives: RDNG 030 Inter-generational Reading (Gibes)
- Course Project Design for RDNG 030
- Students select picture books with universal themes to read to the elderly at an assisted living or adult day care facility.
- Students use critical thinking skills to design their own comprehension questions that help the elderly construct meaning and recall personal memories related to the story.
- Students have the opportunity to present their stories and questions to a student-based audience for practice.
- Students present the picture books in a “story-time” format using auditory and visual cues to the elderly.
- Students ask questions before, during and after the reading to encourage self-expression and inclusion amongst the elderly.
- Students reflect on their experience and share their reflections with cohorts.
- Course Learning Objectives for RDNG 030
- Students demonstrate the construction of meaning when reading by citing evidence from the text.
- Students demonstrate meta-cognitive skills to monitor and regulate reading and thinking processes. (For a full description of this service learning project, see “RDNG 030” below).
In Course General Education Objectives: ENGL 101 (Sisto)
- Demonstrate MCC General Education Objective: Critical Thinking
- Work as a team to produce a formal expository essay that demonstrates an understanding of causal analysis (with a “recommendation” as an option for the conclusion). In other words, the purpose of the essay is to inform readers about the need for a particular local agency or current local project and the social issue related to that need (causes & effects of hunger, lack of housing, urban blight, educational inequality, etc.)
- Synthesize information from a variety of sources
- Demonstrate MCC general education objective: Citizenship
- By volunteering for 2 hours at a local agency
- OR by conducting an interview with the agency director, a volunteer and/or a recipient of the services. (See Service Learning Reflection Paper Guidelines, graded separately.)
- Optional (extra-credit) opportunity if volunteer for an additional 4 hours (6 total) (For a full description of this service learning project, see “ENGL 101” below).
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