Content with Disciplines : Civic Engagement

History Course on Race Inequality in DC

Washington, DC is “a city where the American dream and the American nightmare, pass each other daily, on the street and do not speak,” wrote an anonymous American some time back. Today she could be speaking about the plight of many in the nation’s capital: African Americans, Latin Americans, the homeless, many of them veterans, and others who had not benefited from the American Dream, in this city. In fact, DC is only capital city in the world where voters do not select their own voting representative to the national Congress. In this course, we will explore the “other Washington”…

Psychology SL Internship Course

Course Description Provides students with opportunities for learning through practical experience in a professional setting. The intern will be given the chance to relate principles presented in textbooks and classroom settings to real-life situations, under responsible supervision. Course Objectives This course will: Provide the opportunity for students to actively examine their values, with respect to their roles both as individuals and professionals, within the broader social context Provide the opportunity for students to understand the need for a sense of community and shared endeavor, while concurrently appreciating professional, cultural, and personal diversity Help students develop sensitivity to the close interdependence…

Public Good Course: Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association

COURSE DESCRIPTION The course is designed to present a professional development forum for students seeking certification in Nonprofit Management/Leadership from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The course brings students together to examine professional preparation and practice issues through a series of activities that encourage critical analysis and self-exploration. The course serves as a professional network, a support group, a source of critical thinking exercises and a point of implementing student activities for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association. The course is unique hybrid learning environment that offers a blend of “professional association” and “student organization” type activities. COURSE GOALS The course…

Sociology SL Course: US Poverty, Welfare & Social Justice

Student Course Learning Goals: Students will be able to define poverty and identify the underlying causes and consequences of poverty in the US. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of poverty on people’s lives, particularly in the Cleveland area. Students will learn to critically evaluate the effectiveness and fairness of social welfare policies & programs. Students will be able to discuss various strategies for reducing poverty, including the programs at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) Students will work together in research teams and learn how to conduct a program evaluation for LMM Connection to the Department Student Learning…

Community Issues SL Course

Course Description and Objectives The course will draw from students’ collective learning experiences in their community-based service learning. Core concepts about democracy in America, the land-grant university’s historic mission, and about how everyday citizens collectively can build a strong democracy will be introduced. Students will also be introduced to the range of ways that citizens participate in democratic decision-making and will practice some of these forms. The course is based on the reciprocal relationship between practice in the community and readings, reflections, and exercises in class. Assignments ask you to reflect on your community-based practice and apply concepts in the…

Writing & Reading SL Course

Course Overview: Storytelling … becomes a positive and powerful way to bring everyone to the table, validating what everybody has to bring, and using that as a way of studying this complex society we all share but in which we live differently depending on where we are positioned in it. Even though we may see it differently, because we’re sitting in different positions around that table, we all have something to add to this developing story about who we are as a nation, where we are going in terms of addressing our racial history, and other aspects of justice. “The…

Sculpture in the Social Field SL Course

Course Description: This is a studio course designed to provide the beginning sculpture student with a foundation in sculptural processes and theories that contribute to the current field of sculpture with an emphasis on social practice, viewer participation, and broad inclusion. In this class we will work to define a field of sculpture and then survey its aspects, including process, material, ethics, historical contributions, the current zeitgeist (look it up, it will be on the quiz), and professional practices. Students will create elementary and advanced spatial constructions using a variety of tools, materials, and methods as the above topics are…

Business Administration SL Course

Course Description This service leadership course is designed to blend academic study with community service (through service-learning). In this course the students will form consulting teams to serve non-profit organizations by applying business concepts and skills to mutually agreed-upon projects. In this approach, all parties to the arrangement are seen as learners and teachers as well as servers and served. Dealing with issues related to service projects, reflection, and evaluation will be essential elements of the course.   This is not a traditional lecture course. Since the course is designed to be taken by students during their Senior year, the…

Psychiatric Nursing SL Course

Catalog Course Description: This course will focus on primary, secondary, and tertiary care of patients across the lifespan with psychopathology and/or psychosocial integrity variances. Students will incorporate a holistic perspective in planning individualized care for patients in an acute behavioral health care unit and in the community. Experiential learning will take place in an acute care clinical setting and in a community setting. Pre-requisites: NUR383, NUR 385, and NUR387. Spring semester. Course Outcomes: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Expected Student Learning Outcome (ESLO) Institutional Student learning Outcomes (ISLO) See below for the full syllabus: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing SL Course…

Civic Learning and Student Success Civic Partnership Initiative

A consortium of four organizations—Campus Compact, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), Education Commission of the States (ECS), and Generation Citizen—have selected eight institutions to receive grants to participate in an initiative to advance civic learning and student success across the education continuum. The initiative is grounded in the understanding that civic learning is both intrinsically important and is a powerful way to deepen students’ engagement in their own education, thereby promoting their overall success. The initiative is a team-based approach designed to support local education partnerships through an Action Summit and complementary learning communities. To enable participation…

Community-Based Research: An Introduction to the Scholarship of Engagement

SJSP 101Community-Based Research: An Introduction to the Scholarship of EngagementHobart and William Smith Colleges Spring 2013Community-Based Research: Introduction to the Scholarship of Engagement provides students with the research methods and tools needed to engage in effective community-based research (CBR) and offers a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the demography and history of Geneva and surrounding areas.Instructors:Margueritte Murphy, Chair, Writing and Rhetoric; Faculty Liaison, CCESLSmith 201; x3818mmurphy {at} hws(.)eduCourse learning objectives:The course will introduce you to the academic and ethical dimensions of community-based research. The aim is to gain the skills, understanding of relevant legal and ethical issues, and knowledge about the community…

Connect2Complete: Linking Student Success with Civic Engagement

The higher education reform movement known as “the completion agenda” seeks to significantly increase the number of students graduating from college. This is certainly an important goal. Yet as many higher education professionals have pointed out, the completion agenda’s singular focus on “time to degree” may emphasize efficiency to the detriment of high-quality learning (Humphreys 2012). Aware of these critiques, community colleges are seeking innovative ways to increase graduation rates while also improving the quality of student learning. Campus Compact’s Connect2Complete (C2C) program aims to reach this goal by creating new, community-oriented models that support student success. Read more here….

UC Berkeley’s Alternative Breaks Program

Alternative Breaks take teams of students to do community service and hands-on learning. Students participate in short-term projects during their winter break, spring break, or on a weekend. Housed at the Cal Corps Public Service Center, the campus Alternative Breaks program is student-led, with student leaders choosing the break leaders, designing break curriculum and service projects, and with fundraising efforts led by students. Unique to the campus program, each break leader teaches an integrated service-learning course as part of the break to prepare break participants for their experience and egage in effective reflection activities. Cal Corps Public Service Center website:…

Assessing impact on students, faculty, the institution, and the community

It has been said that good community service programs keep track of everything they re doing, but great community service efforts are too busy doing things to waste time keeping track. Miami-Dade Community College might beg to differ. Miami-Dade boasts of a host of leading and innovative efforts in community service. At the same time, Bob Exley, the assistant to the president and director of the community service program, has been able to compile a vast amount of data assessing the impact that the program has had on students, faculty, the institution, and the community. For Dr. Exley, high-quality assessment…

“Beyond El Gran Capoquero”: high school students learn Spanish skills via Drama while providing community service to K-2 Spanish students

“”Beyond El Gran Capoquero”” (The Great Kapok Tree) extends SAIL’s 1997-98 interdisciplinary project whereby high school students acquire conversational Spanish skills via Drama while providing community service to K-2 Spanish students. That project’s success, our desire to capitalize on the strong oral presentation/drama skills of SAIL students and the support of our school improvement plan (expansion of hands-on, applied experiential learning and a greater emphasis on community service for our students) encouraged us to continue. First semester included joint lesson planning, student training in Spanish, Drama, and Early Childhood Education teaching techniques, and development of student-produced curriculum implementation activities. SAIL…

Project New Urban Arts: supporting and showing youth art

Project New Urban Arts , a nonprofit organization started by Tyler Denmead, a student at Brown University, provides two kinds of service. First, it provides a service to youth at area high schools. The project provides high school students with free studio space and art supplies, as well as lessons from working artists from the local community. Second, it provides a service to the community, turning storefront space that it has bought and turning it into display space for the art that high school students and their mentor artists create. In this way, the art serves both a private purpose…

The Pipeline Project

The Pipeline Project recruits, trains, and places students as volunteer tutors in the schools throughout the academic school year. Orientations are held twice weekly in the Pipeline offices. Personal placement allows individuals to tailor their tutoring experience to accommodate their areas of interest. Pipeline also offered an EDUC 401 seminar for credit each quarter entitled “”Inner Pipeline””. Students tutor in the schools 2.5-5 hours per week as well as attend a bi-weekly seminar focusing on current educational topics. Student also complete a research paper or project on a topic they choose. Seminar topics include general K-12 tutoring, math and science,…

Public Engagement and Higher Education

Course Description and Objectives Welcome to Public Engagement and Higher Education! This course is designed to introduce students to the study and practice of public engagement in higher education. During this nine-week session, students and instructors will consider the civic roles of postsecondary education institutions both past and present. Special attention will be paid to contemporary philosophies and practices of engagement, and how engagement is expressed in various institutional contexts. This course is designed for both practitioners and scholars who seek to deepen their understandings about the ways in which institutions might become more productively involved with communities they serve….

Youth Empowerment and Civic Engagement

Course Description What is civic engagement? Why do some heed its call, while others shrug their shoulders and change the subject? How do youth who are involved in their communities evaluate their contributions? How do adults view their efforts? What results can programs that seek to engage and empower youth show? How can researchers and evaluators measure these outcomes and their meanings for the youth, for adults, for their communities, and for society? This course will explore questions such as these, starting from the premise that youth civic participation is not just important, but imperative in a democracy. We will…