CO 153: Learning Through Community

The COMMUNITY-credit Course, CO 153: Learning Through Community, serves as one of the four ways in which students can successfully complete their Service-Learning graduation requirement. The course is graded Pass/Fail and carries one credit hour.

Course Information

Learning Objectives for CO 153

  1. To guide students to resources about service opportunities that exist in the surrounding community.
  2. To help students discover their own skill sets, gifts, and talents for service to the community.
  3. To help students understand the importance of sharing their skills, gifts, and talents for social and economic development in the local community.
  4. To empower students to apply their own unique and positive impact on the greater community.

Course Expectations

Students will be given weekly readings and assignments based off of the topic discussed in class that week. Satisfactory participation in class discussions, turning in assignments, completing outside community hours (including satisfactory evaluation from the student’s Community Partner Supervisor) and completion of final course presentation are required for a student to pass the course.

Class Location

  • Section A
    • Class Meeting Day: Every Wednesday unless noted within the class schedule below
    • Class Location: Magale Library Basement, Room #5
    • Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11am - Noon
  • Section B
    • Class Meeting Day: Every Tuesday unless noted within the class schedule below
    • Class Location: Jackson Hall, Room #304
    • Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10am - 11am

Course Syllabus

Primary Reading

Additional Readings

  • Additional readings will be given to students in class depending on the topic being discussed.

Course Assignments Guidelines

  • Please check the schedule below to learn about what has been assigned to be completed each week.
  • All Reflection (writing) assignments must be typed, double-spaced, at least one page long (unless otherwise instructed), and submitted in class to the instructor by the deadline in order to receive full credit.
  • Electronic submissions will typically NOT be accepted unless otherwise instructed.

Final Presentation Guidelines

  • Please review the final presentation guidelines document below to know what to expect for your final presentation assignment.
  • The grading scale is also included on the document.
  • The final presentation will serve as your final for the class.
  • Click here to view the Final Presentation Guidelines document.

Spring 2014 Class Schedule

**Schedule subject to change per further instructions by Course Instructor.**

Week 1 (Jan 8 - 10)

  • NO CLASS THIS WEEK

Week 2 (Jan 13 - 17) - "Introduction to Service"

  • Introduction of the course
  • Review of the course syllabus
  • Review of the text
  • Out of class assignment:
    • Students should review the community partner roster found on the Office of Global Engagement website and begin narrowing down their choice of community partner to work with this semester. The Community Partner roster can be found at: http://www.centenary.edu/globalengagement/approvedcp2
    • Read: Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2 (20 pages) of Everyone Helps and Everyone Wins
    • Reflection Topic: What do I expect to get out of this course?

Week 3 (Jan 20 - 24) - "Finding My Place in the Community"

  • Discussion of previous class assignment and readings
  • Out of class assignment:
    • Read: Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (26 pages) of Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins
    • Read: Article, “Civic-Minded Success Stories”
    • Reflection Topic: What do I bring to the table of community improvement? Assess and list your skill set to make a difference in the community.
    • Students should identify and contact their Community Partners this week.

Week 4 (Jan 27 - 31) - "Taking the Responsibility and Making the Connection"

  • Discussion of previous class assignment and readings
  • Student will complete pre-program surveys in class.
  • Out of class assignment:
    • Read: Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 24 and 25 (36 pages) of Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins
    • Reflection Topic: What does it mean to represent more than just myself in the community in which I choose to live?
    • Students should turn in all Pre-Project Paperwork this week (Waiver of Liability and Community Program Agreement). Forms can be found at http://www.centenary.edu/globalengagement/forms

Week 5 (Feb 3 - 7) - “Making an Impact (Individuals vs. Groups)”

Week 6 (Feb 10 - 14) - Guest Speaker Week #1/“Careers in Public Service”

  • Guest Speaker Week
  • Out of Class Assignment:
    • Reflection Topic: What did you learn from today's speaker? How can what you learned help you in your life?

Week 7 (Feb 17 - 21) - “The Business Side of Service”

  • Discussion of previous class assignment and readings
  • Out of Class Assignment:
    • Read: Chapter 23 (13 pages) of Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins
    • Read: Article, "How to Donate Wisely"
    • Reflection Topic: What is your role as a consumer? How do your buying and spending habits make a positive difference for companies looking to make a positive difference in our communities?”

Week 8 (Feb 24 - 28) - “Catch Up Week”

  • Class Discussion About the 1st Half of the Semester
    • Check In Activity About Service With Community Partners
    • Lessons Learned Activity

Week 9 (March 3 - 7) - Spring Break

  • NO CLASS THIS WEEK

Week 10 (March 10 - 14) - "Guest Speaker Week #2/Leadership and Global Service"

  • Guest Speaker Week
  • Out of class assignment:
    • Read: Chapters 26 and 27 (25 pages) of Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins
    • Reflection Topic: What did you learn from today's speaker? How can what you learned help you in your life?

Week 11 (March 17 - 21) - “The Hazards of Service”

  • Discussion of previous class assignment and readings
  • Out of Class Assignment:
    • Read: Chapter 26 (10 pages) of Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins
    • Reflection Topic: What is burn out to you? Have you ever experienced it before? How do you manage your time, talents, and resources in all of the areas of your life while still leaving time for yourself and the opportunity to give to others?

Week 12 (March 24 - 28) - "Servant Leadership"

  • Discussion of previous class assignment and readings
  • Out of Class Assignment:
    • Section B:
    • Section A:
      • Reflection Topic: What did you learn from today's speaker? How can what you learned help you in your life?

Week 13 (March 31 - April 4) - "Capstone Class/Final Presentation Prep"

  • Discussion of previous class assignment and readings
    • Section B:
      • Prepare for Final Presentations
    • Section A:

Week 14 (April 7 - 11)

  • NO CLASS THIS WEEK

Week 15 (April 14 - 18)

  • CLASS PRESENTATIONS
    • Section A will meet Monday and Wednesday
    • Section B will meet Tuesday and Thursday

Week 16 (April 21 - 25) - PREP WEEK

  • CLASS PRESENTATIONS
  • Students will fill out course evaluations
    • Section A will meet Monday and Wednesday
    • Section B will meet Tuesday

Week 17 (April 28 - May 2) - FINALS WEEK

  • Turn in any remaining assignments
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