Social Action and Integrative Learning
School of Integrative Studies | College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Basic Course Model

  • The instructor, student, and community partner work together to match course learning objectives with agency service needs.
    • In some cases, the instructor and community partner co-create the service project and present it to the students in the course.
    • In other cases, the learning objectives are established by the instructor and student, then fine tuned through a discussion between the student and community partner.
  • To earn academic credit for Community Based Learning (CBL), students are expected to provide 30-45 hours of work to the community partner (on-site or on task) for every academic credit.
  • Students reflect on their learning from the service work, often through written work, presentations, or on-going class discussions.  Students may occasionally ask questions of host organization staff related to their reflections.
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