Office of Global Engagement

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.

Class Location

  • Section A
    • Class Meeting Day: Tuesdays (unless otherwise noted on the class schedule below)
    • Class Location: The 2910 Building
    • Office Hours: 11am - Noon on Wednesdays
  • Section B
    • Class Meeting Day: Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted on the class schedule below)
    • Class Location: The 2910 Building
    • Office Hours: 10am - 11am on Tuesdays

Course Syllabus

Reading Assignments

  • Levinson, David. T. (2010). Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins New York: The Penguin Group.
  • Additional readings may be given to students in class depending on the topic being discussed.

Out of Class Reflection Assignments

  • Please check the schedule below to learn about what has been assigned to be completed each week.
  • Electronic submissions will NOT be accepted unless otherwise instructed.

Final Presentation Guidelines

Spring 2015 Class Schedule

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

Week 1 - "Introduction of the Course/Course Expectations"
Section A: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Read the Introduction and Chapters 1, 2, and 3 out of your book.
    • Choose the Community Partner that you plan to serve with this semester.

CONNECT

Week 2 - "Why?"
Section A: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Read Chapter 4 - 8 out of your book.
    • Contact your Community Partners to set up your schedule for service this semester.

Week 3 - "Assessing and Preparing for the Experience"
Section A: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Complete both Pre-Project Forms filled out based on your Community Partner selection for this semester
    • Read Article "Civic Minded Success Stories" (PDF)
    • Read Chapter 9, 17, and 18 out of the book.

Week 4 - "Strategies for Making a Difference"
Section A: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Week 5 - "Serving Beyond Graduation"
Section A: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • 1st Out of Class Reflection Assignment Question: "According to the Division of Student Development's Leadership Development Model, the first step in connecting to the world is through having new and different experiences. How has your experience with your Community Partner this semester challenged your assumptions about your world and yourself?"
    • Turn in your Pre-Project Forms (2) - Forms can be found here

COMMIT

Week 6 - February 16th - 19th: OFF WEEK (Mardi Gras)
Section A: No Class
Section B: No Class

Week 7 - February 23rd - 27th: NO CLASS (Snow/Ice/Weather Week)
Section A: No Class
Section B: No Class

Week 8 - March 2nd - March 6th: 1st Guest Speaker/TED Talk
Section A: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Read: Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, and 25 in your book
    • 1st Guest Speaker/TED Talk Assignment Question: "Compare the lessons that you are learning from serving in the community with your Community Partner to the what you learned from listening to both speakers. How does what you're learning in the community, directly connect to what you learned from the speakers?"

Week 9 - March 9th - March 13th: "Service Focused Family Feud"
Section A: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Section A: Thursday, March 12, 2015: "Servant Leadership"

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Read Article: "Servant Leadership: A Path to High Performance" (PDF)
    • 2nd Out of Class Reflection Assignment: "Compare the idea of servant-leadership to committing to a cause that you care about improving in your community. How can servant leadership help you inspire others while improving your community?"

Section B: Monday, March 9, 2015: "Service Focused Family Feud"

Section B: Wednesday, March 11, 2015: "Servant Leadership"

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Read Article: "Servant Leadership: A Path to High Performance" (PDF)
    • 2nd Out of Class Reflection Assignment: "Compare the idea of servant-leadership to committing to a cause that you care about improving in your community. How can servant leadership help you inspire others while improving your community?"

LEAD

Week 10 - March 16th - March 20th: 2nd Guest Speaker/TED Talk
Section A: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • 2nd Guest Speaker/TED Talk Assignment Question: "As we learned from Technical Sgt. Gleich in class, the cost of leadership can be high. Discuss the lessons of leadership that you learned from him. How does his experience in service relate to leading a group or improving an issue that you care about in your community?"

Week 11 - March 23rd - March 27th: "Burn Out in Service and Leadership"
Section A: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Read: Chapter 26 from your book
    • 3rd Out of Class Reflection Topic: "What is something new that you learned from chapter 26? How can you apply that new knowledge to your life in order to help you avoid stress and burn out?"

Week 12 - March 30th - April 3rd: OFF WEEK (Spring Break)
Section A: No Class
Section B: No Class

Week 13 - April 6th - April 10th: "Service and Leadership After College"
Section A: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Read: Chapter 23 in your book.
    • Read Article: "How to Donate Wisely (PDF)"
    • 4th Out of Class Reflection Topic: "Create your own Non-Profit Organization (NPO). Develop a mission statement for your NPO. Set 3 goals for your NPO to accomplish along with 3 objectives per goal. Tell the story of how your NPO would make a positive difference in the community."

GROW

Week 14 - April 13th - April 17th: "3rd Guest Speaker/TED Talk"
Section A: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  • Homework:
    • 3rd Guest Speaker/TED Talk Assignment Question: "What lessons did you learn from Mrs. Johnson? How can you use that new knowledge to strengthen your community?"
    • This assignment is due on Wednesday or Thursday of next week, not the next class period.

Week 15 - April 20th - April 24th: Final Presentation Week/Prep Week
Section B: Monday, April 20, 2015
Section A: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Section B: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Section A: Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • Homework:
    • Seniors all missing assignments are due no later than Monday, April 27th
    • Non-seniors all missing assignment are due no later than Friday, May 1st

Week 16 - April 27th - May 1st: Finals Week
Section A: No class as long as long as all final presentations are complete
Section B: No class as long as long as all final presentations are complete

  • Homework Due This Week:
    • See above for missing assignment deadlines

IMPORTANT:

If at any time in the semester a student needs help or is unsure about class expectations or information please notify the course instructor immediately. Also, if a student is having trouble with their community partner experience please let the staff of the Office of Global Engagement know as soon as possible. We are here to support our students and ensure that they receive a positive experience whenever possible. Without effort and communication there can be no solution.