Service Learning courses

SL 95: Staff Dev Thru Serv Comm

This course provides the opportunity for CSUMB staff and faculty to be involved in service learning at a local community partner site. Participants in the course are expected to perform 30 hours of service during the semester, and participate in weekly reflection discussions.

Units: 2 — 2

SL 200S: Power, Culture, Equity and Service

Theories and concepts from anthropology, psychology and sociology inform this interdisciplinary social science examination of power, inequality and social responsibility in contemporary society. Students explore issues of identity, diversity, stratification, culture, and justice while participating in community service. Each section examines a different social issue. See current course schedule for section titles. Requires a minimum of 30 hours of community service in addition to class time.

Units: 6 — 6

SL 230S: Building Community Through the Arts

Through the examination of a wide variety of artistic and cultural expressions, this course establishes the connection of the arts to social change and community building. Students will learn about the sociocultural, aesthetic and critical components of works of art associated with social change, exploring issues of identity, diversity, privilege, culture, and justice while participating in community service. Requires a minimum of 30 hours of community service in addition to class time.

Units: 6 — 6

SL 250S: Creating Healthy Communities

How do we create healthy, vibrant communities? Through integrating academic study with experience in the community, students learn about social justice, service, and community wellbeing. Students develop the skills to be multicultural community builders by focusing on identity, diversity, and social responsibility through their service work with health and wellness oriented community organizations. Requires a minimum of 30 hours of community service in addition to class time.

Units: 6 — 6

SL 295: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Service Learning. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

SL 300S: Service Learning Pedagogy

This course prepares students to design and lead service learning experiences. Students will explore experiential education and community-based learning; theories pertinent to service, social justice, and service learning; and critical reflection and dialogue facilitation. Students simultaneously engage in a practical experience in the community, which strengthens their capacity to be reflective practitioners. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 1 — 4

SL 305: Leadership for Social Change

Develops students' leadership capacities as multicultural community builders by deepening their understanding of themselves, the surrounding community, and social change theories and practice. Students will work on leadership projects on campus and /or in the community.

Units: 4 — 4

SL 310B: Public Service Corps Seminar II

The Public Service Corps Integrative Seminar (II) provides a cross-disciplinary view of leadership in the public sector. Students are also enrolled in one of the area specialization courses. Topics include: social entrepreneurship, systems thinking, innovation and change, public service ethics, data gathering and management, and advocacy. Required for students enrolled in the Public Service Corps. Second in the sequence of two courses.

Units: 1 — 4

SL 310A: Public Service Corps Seminar I

The Public Service Corps Integrative Seminar (I) provides a cross-disciplinary view of leadership in the public sector. Students are also enrolled in one of the area specialization courses. Topics include: social entrepreneurship, systems thinking, innovation and change, public service ethics, data gathering and management, and advocacy. Required for students enrolled in the Public Service Corps. First in the sequence of two courses.

Units: 1 — 4

SL 320: Preparation for International Service Experience

This course provides preparation for students who will be involved in international service experiences. Students study about cultural, economic, political, and historical issues relevant to the region where they will be serving. Students examine issues underlying international service, including neo-colonialism, cultural imperialism and models of charity versus social change.

Units: 2 — 4

SL 391S: Service Learning Pedagogy & Partner Support

Develop the capacities of student leaders as effective service learning practitioners. Required course for participation in the Service Learning Institute's student leadership program. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and SL 200]

Units: 2 — 4

SL 394S: Service and Social Justice

Students explore social movements in service and social justice to understand the linkages between these two avenues for community development and activism. Through their own service experiences, students analyze systemic elements that perpetuate oppression and injustice, and develop their own capacities as catalysts for change by engaging in meaningful and respectful community work. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 2 — 4

SL 395S: Special Topics in Service Learning and Social Change

Addresses emerging issues in service learning, community and social change. Requires a minimum of 30 hours of community service in addition to class time.

Units: 2 — 4

SL 490: Community-Based Action Project

Provides students the opportunity to develop a community-based component to their Senior Capstone project.  Students work closely with faculty to develop project goals that are responsive to community needs and enhance community capacities. (Prereq: (GE Area D4) and Senior Standing)

Units: 1 — 2

SL 491S: Topics in Civic Engage

Students examine issues of justice, diversity, compassion, and social responsibility in the context of community service. Addersses current community and civic concerns. Requires 3-5 hours of community service each week. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 4 — 4

SL 492S: Participatory Action Research Service Learning

Students work on research projects that are responsive to community needs in collaboration with community organizations. Requires 3-5 hours of community service each week. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing)]

Units: 4 — 4

SL 497S: Independent Study Service Learning

Student develops independent service learning experience working closely with a community organization; completes a portfolio demonstrating achievement of Upper Divison SL Learning Outcomes; requires a minimum of 30 hours of community service. (Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing)

Units: 2 — 4