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

Course Syllabus

Primary Reading

Additional Readings

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

Course Assignments and Schedule

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

Final Presentation Guidelines

Fall 2014 Class Schedule

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

Week 1 - "Introduction of the Course/Course Expectations"
Section A: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Section B: Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Bring your book, notebook, pen, and paper to class
    • Read the Introduction and Chapters 1, 2, and 3 out of your book.

Week 2 - "What's Your Motivation?"
Section B: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Read Chapters 4, 5, and 6 out of your book.
    • Review the Community Partner Roster. Choose a Community Partner. Contact them and make the commitment to complete your service-learning project with them.
    • Fill out all Pre-Project Paperwork confirming your choice.

Week 3 - "Choosing a Community Partner"
Section B: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Write a 4 page, double-spaced paper on this topic: "Why did I choose to CONNECT with the Community Partner that I have chosen this semester? What type of EXPERIENCE do I expect to get from completing my service-learning hours with them?"
    • Read Chapters 7, 8, and 9 out of your book.

Week 4 - "Goal Setting"
Section B: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Read Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 out of your book.

Week 5 - "Good Volunteer vs. Bad Volunteer"
Section B: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Week 6 - "Be Yourself"
Section B: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Week 7 - "Effectiveness: Individuals vs. Groups"
Section B: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Write a 4 page, double-spaced paper on this topic: "How have I COMMITTED to my Community Partner's CAUSE (mission, vision, values, activities)?"

Week 8 (Mid-Terms) - "Service as a Career"/ Guest Speaker Week
Section B: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Write a 2 page, double-spaced paper on this topic: "What did I learn from today's Guest Speaker?"

Week 9 - "Servant Leadership"
Section B: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Week 10 - "Social Entrepreneurship"
Section B: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:

Week 11 - "Burn Out"
Section B: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class;

Week 12 - "Recap Week"
Section B: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Write a 4 page, double-spaced paper on this topic: "In what ways have I begun to LEAD within the CONTEXT of my Community Partner's environment?"

Week 13 - Guest Speaker Week
Section B: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Section A: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Write a 2 page, double-spaced paper on this topic: "What did I learn from today's Guest Speaker?"

Week 14 (OFF WEEK - Thanksgiving)
Section B: No class
Section A: No class

  • No Homework This Week

Week 15 - "Final Presentation Week"
Section A: Monday, December 1 & Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Section B: Tuesday, December 2 & Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:
    • Write a 4 page double-spaced paper on this topic: "When reflecting on my service-learning experience this semester, how have I GROWN as a person? What PLATFORM do I now have to stand on when moving forward with my college career and personal life?"

Week 16 (Prep Week) - "Final Presentation Week"
Section A: Monday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Section B: Tuesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • Homework Due Next Class:

Week 17 (Finals Week)
Section A: No class as long as we complete all final presentations
Section B: No class as long as we complete all final presentations

  • Homework Due This Week:
    • Turn in any remaining assignments and paperwork
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