Learning goal, outcomes, rationale and implementation of Community Engagement.
Learning Goal: The core curriculum gives students an engaging, intellectual experience. The Community Engagement goal also requires them to leave the classroom and engage with the world - to apply their intellectual experiences to communities beyond the academy. Students will actively and critically reflect upon these experiences and integrate them in their academic understanding of the world.
Learning Outcomes: Students will
- Apply academic methods and/or theories in a way that promotes collaboration and mutual benefit in a community setting; and
- Demonstrate critical reflection throughout their experience; and
- Express their understanding of the interconnections between their experience and their responsibilities as members of social or professional communities.
Rationale (i.e., the intention of the proposed outcomes): Community Engagement is to be understood broadly as students engaging their academic learning with one or more partners in the community. Outcome #1 requires that Community Engagement be an academic experience. The term community is to be understood as broadly as possible, as any group of persons outside of the classroom. (Examples of such communities would include an elementary school in which a student might be teaching, a political organization, the SMC community or some section of it, an AIDS shelter, a financial institution, an engineering facility, a hospital, a prison, etc.) Outcome #1 also requires that the student partner with one of these communities in a way that responds to articulated community priorities and demonstrates a spirit of reciprocity. In outcome #2, critical reflection includes constructive observation, intellectual exploration, and recognition of the complexity of learning. Outcome #3 attempts to create space for students to integrate their learning, requiring that students reflect on the implications of their experience for their lives as citizens and members of community.
Implementation: All of the goals within Engaging the World respond to broad areas of concern that flow out of the Saint Mary s mission. Thus, students and faculty should have a wide degree of freedom (under the oversight of the Core Curriculum Committee) in seeking ways to explore these areas in the SMC curriculum. In particular, courses that fulfill the Community Engagement goals will often fulfill other goals, i.e., double-dipping is encouraged.
Proposal Evaluation and Recommendation Form: Used in determining 2013-14 Core. Community Engagement
Courses designated as fulfilling Community Engagement:
- Accounting 178: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Application
- Business Administration 98: Enactus: Entrpreneurship in Action Application
- Business Administration 126: Applied Marketing Research Application Syllabus
- Business Administration 129: International Marketing Application Syllabus
- Business Administration 181: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility Application
- CILSA SLICE: Application
- Communication 190: Companion to Comm 10 Application Syllabus
- Education 123: Field Experience Application Syllabus
- Environmental Science and Studies 60: Urban Environmental Issues Application Syllabus
- Environmental Science and Studies 75/76: Wetlands Application Syllabus
- English 101: Writing Advisor Training Workshop Application
- Italian 4: Continuing Intermediate Italian Application Syllabus
- Japanese 4: Continuing Intermediate Japanese Application Syllabus
- Kinesiology 20: Sport and Recreation Management Application Syllabus
- LIberal and Civic Studies 121: Culture and Civic Responsibility Application Syllabus
- Liberal and Civic Studies 122: Environmental Responsibility in a Global Community Application Syllabus
- Liberal and Civic Studies 127: Praxis Community Service Application Syllabus
- Liberal and Civic Studies 129: Praxis REACH Application Syllabus
- Math Olympiad: Application Syllabus
- Performing Arts 50: Interactive Theatre Application Syllabus
- Politics 110: Minority Politics Application Syllabus
- Politics 116: Political Polling and Survey Research Application Syllabus
- Politics 126: Food Politics Application Syllabus
- Politics 140: Gender Politics Application Syllabus
- Psychology 144: Middle Childhood Application Syllabus
- Psychology 157: Human Sexuality Application/Syllabus
- Psychology 165: Cross-Cultural Psychology Application Syllabus
- Psychology 195: Field Placement in Psychology Application Syllabus
- Sociology 135: Leadership for a Better World Application Syllabus
- Women & Gender Studies 126: Engaging Community: Seminar in Gender Violence Application Syllabus
Questions? Contact the CCC