Service Learning Course
By combining academic theory with practical real-life experience, service-learning provides students with a broader and deeper understanding of the course content, fosters their sense of civic engagement, and sharpens their insights into themselves and their place in the community.
Offers an opportunity for students to define and explore many different aspects of service learning, including leadership, social justice and creating social change, organizational structure, building a community and community organizing, and how to get involved. Combines classroom discussion, guest lectures, and service experience to create a collaborative learning experience. Ideal for anyone interested in volunteering or pursuing a career in the nonprofit world.
Students who participate in IDI 1100: Fundamentals of Service Learning will:
- Discuss and explore service learning from multiple perspectives and different social lenses
- Explore and connect identities and experiences to the greater community and current events
- Hone and develop skills to interact and build relationships across social barriers of distance with community partners and communities served
- Outline factors of community organizing, social justice, advocacy, and civic responsibility and discuss how these factors affect society
- Identify and articulate self-interest and motivation when engaging in service and explore the potential impacts of these actions
- Define and develop expectations and service goals in collaboration with community partner and instructor
- Participate and reflect on service learning and how it affects the communities it seeks to serve
- Identify practices and goals to continue engagement in service and in community organizing
Community Partner Sites
All students in this course are required to contribute a minimum of 30 hours of service to their respective community partner throughout the semester.