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 Course Title:   Sociology of Community Service


 Department:    SOC

 Course #:    113

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    ?

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

Introduction to the service learning model as a basis for contributing to community support. Provides student experience in educational outreach and development of strategies for initiating change in the community.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the differences between the key terms and definitions that are appropriate to the methodology of community outreach and service learning
  2. Develop a confident knowledge of the principal trends in the life-experiences of people in need and formulating helpful strategies for motivating, educating, and empowering these populations
  3. Develop a heightened awareness of major issues in service learning processes, including such issues as mentoring, vs. role modeling, educational assimilation vs. educational pluralism, the role of bilingualism, direct services vs. advocacy, etc.
  4. Appreciation of the contribution of service learning and early outreach to human development processes
  5. Identification of the benefits to target populations and their community of service learning projects
  6. Recognize the integral role of community partnerships play in meeting the needs of target populations

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Why service learning? Establishing the linkage between public service and academic study
  2. Clients, wards, consumers, humans: what is our object of inquiry?
  3. The arenas of social problems and populations in need
  4. Establishing a causal model of social needs
  5. Aspects and issues of service learning - finding a target population and a strategy for entering into service relationships
  6. Creating partnerships and commitment
  7. Mappping out a service situation that maximizes individual development processes
  8. Matching needs and intersts - areas for potential learning
  9. The methodology of community-based fieldwork and how to formulate service objectives
  10. Issues surrounding the question of access to intitutions and social arenas
  11. Problems of retention and staying-power: setting the stage for a comfortable service learning environment
  12. Misinterpreting cultural norms of people you are serving; professional resistance
  13. Evaluation and assessment of service learning projects