Two Non-ESS Courses for Winter 2015

The Carlson Center is excited to offer two Community-Based Leadership courses for undergraduate students during Winter Quarter.

How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community is ideal for students in their first or second year at the UW who have an interest in getting more involved in their community through service. Are Do Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement is ideal for sophomores, juniors, or seniors who have experience with service and who are interested in exploring what it means to do good.

Read more about these two dynamic courses below, and please forward widely within your networks.


How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community (General Studies 344; SLN 14716)

Many UW students are interested in exploring service and volunteer opportunities in Seattle; however, it can be difficult to know where to get involved, how to find a good fit, and how to most effectively work in a community-based setting. How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community is a three-credit service-learning course that will offer a basic foundation on community service for students in their first or second year at the UW.

Through participating in a quarter-long service-learning commitment, visiting local non-profit organizations, and participating in in-class discussions, readings, and activities students will gain a deeper understanding of the wide array of ways they can most effectively partner with their local community and integrate a commitment to service into their academic and professional futures.

This three-credit seminar course is offered on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:20 PM. Request an add code by emailing engage@uw.edu.


Are Do-Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement (General Studies 348A; SLN 14718)

Are you committed to giving back? Trying to make a difference? Want to get more out of your volunteer experience? During Winter Quarter, we invite you to join in a critical reflection on what it means to “do good.”

Are Do-Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement will offer a hands-on opportunity to explore the concept of civic engagement. Students will critically reflect on their own service experiences through the lens of academic theories, engage with principles of community work, and learn from the experiences of community leaders. The course will draw heavily on students’ involvement in service and will weave these together with elements of other academic coursework and future academic/career goals.

The course has a required service-learning component; students are encouraged to utilize current service commitments toward this requirement, though individualized support will be offered to those looking for a service opportunity.

This is a three-credit course that is offered as credit/no credit. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:20 PM in Mary Gates Hall.

Those interested in the course should email engage@uw.edu with questions and/or to request an add code.

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