LO 1: Service Learning and Pedagogy
Students know the theoretical roots and various approaches to service learning and experiential education pedagogy; have a working understanding of empirical research in service learning, focusing on cognitive and effective outcomes for student learning and development as well as community development; facilitate service learning and practical experiences, and identify and assess critical components of effective service learning; and assess community service learning as a strategy for (a) creating more just communities, and (b) preparing students for lifelong community participation.
LO 2: Perspectives in Service & Social Justice
Students understand theories and issues of social justice, including oppression (and its manifestations at various levels), liberation, coalitions and alliances; identify and analyze systemic elements that perpetuate injustice in communities; recognize diverse traditions of service and historical service movements, and analyze their relation to the current service movement; and critically analyze the linkages between service and social justice.
LO 3: Community & Social Change Processes
Students know various models for grassroots social change, including direct action, policy initiatives, and systemic change; understand communities and how they function, make decisions and acquire and expend resources; analyze the network of influences and forces (local, regional, national and global) that affect community life; and engage in effective practices in community building and processes that connect people across differences.
LO 4: Advanced Application (Capstone)
Students articulate the linkages between service, social justice, and their chosen field of study; complete a Senior Capstone project that is responsive to community-identified needs; gather knowledge with a community and provide information to it in a way that enhances community capacities; and understand their own capacity for service and social justice as individuals working in their chosen field of study.