SERVICE LEARNING COURSES

Service Learning is an educational approach that balances formal instruction and direction with the opportunity to serve in the community in order to provide a pragmatic, progressive learning experience.

Service Learning must properly connect the traditional classroom experience with the real life lessons that come through service. Proper Service Learning approaches will provide a series of exercises to allow students to reflect on their service experiences in order to grow in character, in problem-solving skills, and in an understanding of civic responsibility.

To see more detailed information about CAS courses - please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin

COURSES BY DEPARTMENT

Biological Sciences

Service Learning Courses

ABIO 298 - Invertebrate Ecology
A BIO 298 Contemporary Issues in Biological Sciences, with Laboratory (1-3) Laboratory classroom training in selected areas of biological sciences. Particular areas of study to be announced each semester. Yields laboratory credit towards the major in biological sciences. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Prerequisite(s): A BIO 201 and 202Z; consult with instructor for specific prerequisites. S/U or A-E graded. Effective Fall 2013 and beyond, course fee applies. Consult the Schedule of Classes.

Service Learning Component:
Aiding environmentalists at the Huyck Preserve given the many calls for help with invasive species monitoring.

ABIO 341 Neurobiology
This course has a community engagement component with the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Shannon Lawler, Director of Programs and Services at the Alzheimer’ Association, will discuss the goals, programs and services offered by the Association, which include an active role in funding research programs. Students will get extra credits for raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease research through the Trial Match program, which includes participation in one of the walks organized by the Alzheimer’s Association on a weekly basis during the months of September and October 2016. More information will be provided in the first class, during which Dr. Lawler will present the program. Additional questions can be directed to Dr. Scimemi.

To see more detailed information about Biological Sciences courses - please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin

Communication

Service Learning Courses

ACOM 465 - Communication Campaign Practicum
A COM 465 Studies in Communication Theory (3) Study of a selected topic in communication theory; e.g., nonverbal communication, consistency theory, or mass communication. May be repeated for a total of 15 credits when content varies. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265, and junior or senior standing.

Service Learning Component:
Communication Campaign Practicum in Collaboration with the Center for Donation and Transplant The partnership between the Department of Communication at UAlbany and the Center for Donation and Transplant (CDT) originated in a research project that was carried out with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from August 2003 to July 2006. The Department of Communication was part of a consortium composed of the New York Alliance for Donation, the University of Buffalo, and the University at Albany to study processes and outcomes of students' carrying out a campaign during the spring semester each year aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donations. Registrations for the Donate Life New York State Registry were collected through the campaign course, COM465, on behalf of the CDT. The students who participated in planning, organizing, executing, and evaluating the campaigns were very successful both in learning the process of campaigning and in increasing the number of people who signed the registry.

When the research component of the project ended in 2006, CDT wanted the course to continue, and they took over the funding of the campaign course in order to continue to promote awareness of the importance of donation. Their first sponsorship of the course was in spring 2008. (The course was funded in spring 2007 with a no-cost extension from the HRSA grant.)

To see more detailed information about Communication courses - please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin
To see more detailed information about Journalism courses - please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin

Geography & Planning

Service Learning Courses

APLN 681 - Planning Studio
APLN 681 Planning Studio (4) Team planning exercise using students with varied academic and planning specializations to design, evaluate, plan, and manage projects and programs. Written, graphic, and oral presentations before juries of officials, practicing planners, and faculty complete the course. Prerequisite: Pln 505 (Gog 525) or consent of instructor.

APLN 523, APOS 523, RPAD 561 - Urban Community Development
APLN 681 Planning Studio (4) Examination of policies and programs designed to reduce social and economic distress in U.S. communities. Focuses on local and neighborhood-based efforts to address problems of inadequate housing, unemployment, lack of community services and facilities, crime, etc. Considers role of government, private sector, and nonprofit organizations in community revitalization.

This small graduate class consisting of planners as well as students from other disciplines (public policy, education management, and political communication) partnered with a nonprofit organization in Albany's South End, the South End Improvement Corporation, to develop a series of 5 topical white papers as part of a neighborhood planning initiative: housing & development, neighborhood marketing, zoning, food access & greening, and energy & resilience. The students interviewed a variety of community stakeholders as part of their research process, shared research findings at a neighborhood association meeting to gather feedback from residents, and at the end of the semester delivered a final presentation to the community at the local library which was attended by approximately 20 community partners.

To see more detailed information about Geography & Planning Department courses please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin: Geography Courses, Urban Studies & Planning courses, Globalization courses

History

Service Learning Courses

AJST 221, AHIS 221 - American Jewish Experience
A JST 221 (= A HIS 221) The American Jewish Experience (3) A general overview of the American Jewish experience. Examines historical developments in such areas of American Jewish life as religious expression, political activity, education, demographics, socio-economics, and secular intellectual and cultural activity. Assesses the impact on American Jewry of immigration from Europe and elsewhere, and such pivotal events as World War I and II, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel. Addresses the relationship between diverse segments of American Jewry and between Jewish and non-Jewish Americans. Only one version of A JST 221 may be taken for credit.

Service Learning Component:
JewishGen Projects: A Model for Student Involvement

To see more detailed information about History Department courses please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin: History Courses, Judiac Studies courses, Religious Studies courses.

Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Service Learning Courses

A POR 100 - Elementary Portuguese I
A POR 101 - Elementary Portuguese II
A POR 206 - Conversation & Spoken Grammar


Service Learning Component:
All students are invited to join us in the project Era Uma Vez (Once Upon a Time), a project for children of Portuguese-speaking immigrants! The goal is to help children whose parents come from Portuguese-speaking countries develop the Portuguese language and gain knowledge and appreciation for Luso- Brazilian culture. In this project, we plan to have storytelling, readings of children’s books, children’s songs, traditional Luso-Brazilian games for children, among other activities.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to expand your knowledge of Portuguese and atthe same time help and support the community! Visit our website for more information.

A SPN 409 - Spanish for Community Engagement (3)

Service Learning Component:
This course examines Spanish with a focus on its presence, use, and application within the community. Course topics will include language attitudes, bilingualism, dialect variation, Spanish in the US, and Spanish for specific purposes. Additionally, the course will explore the availability of resources in Spanish in communities. Coursework will be coupled with a significant service component that will provide students the opportunity to apply what they are learning to language use in the community. Service projects and sites will be determined on the basis of students' interest, scheduling considerations, and the needs of the community. Prerequisite(s): A SPN 208, A SPN 209, or A SPN 301 or permission of instructor.

To see more detailed information about Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department courses please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin Languages, Literatures & Cultures courses, Arabic courses, Dutch courses, French courses, German courses, Ancient Greek courses, Hebrew courses, Italian courses, Latin courses, Portuguese courses Russian courses, Spanish courses

Portuguese Service Learning Courses

All students are invited to join us in the project Era Uma Vez (Once Upon a Time), for children of Portuguese-speaking immigrants! The goal is to help children whose parents come from Portuguese-speaking countries develop the Portuguese language and gain knowledge and appreciation for Luso- Brazilian culture. In this project, we plan to have storytelling, readings of children’s books, children’s songs, traditional Luso-Brazilian games for children, among other activities.

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