The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

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Fall 2020 Community-Engaged Courses

We will share some of the community-engaged courses available to students for this coming semester.

To submit a course to be included in this list, please fill out our online form:

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Social Sciences

  • [EDUC 462/MENAS 462] Learning Through Character Play
    • In this course we seek to bring the wisdom of history to a compelling contemporary question. Since Fall 2001, students in grades 5 through 12 have considered issues of environmental reform, refugee policy and social justice, as seen through the eyes of the trans-historical cast of characters played by the student participants and their university student mentors. The university seminar is oriented around supporting the intellectual work of the younger students, and our simulation design provides participants with a compelling context in which to grapple with enduring questions and to practice aspects of thinking like a historian.
  • [MENAS 562/EDUC 463] "Web-based Mentorship: The Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulation
    • This course is linked to a web-based simulation that engages middle school and high school students in exploring the Arab-Israeli Conflict through portraying current political leaders. You’ll facilitate this diplomatic simulation, pushing the students to act in ways that are in keeping with the beliefs and constraints that the person they are portraying would hold and operate under. The simulation is an attempt to give students a tangible window into the complexities of the diplomatic process. In this class, you will learn about the modern history and politics of the region, and you will support your students in thoughtfully assuming their character, and in writing purposefully and persuasively.
  • [SOC 225] Project Community
    • Experiential course designed to help students participate in and reflect on community-engaged learning experiences through a sociological lens. Students are able to gain new perspectives on social inequalities through their experiences at a variety of sites, including elementary schools, afterschool programs, health clinics, correctional facilities, social services agencies, advocacy centers, and other community organizations in Southeast Michigan.
  • [SOC 325] Project Community Advanced Practicum
    • For Students have taken SOC 226 Project Community: Provides an opportunity to strengthen relationships and deepen their engagement with their previous or another Project Community-affiliated site. Small, discussion-based seminar where students will be able to develop their own community-engaged project. The readings and assignments will be tailored to allow students to develop an advanced understanding of the context, social inequalities, and avenues for change within their community site. Students will continue to build transferable skills including critical-thinking, flexibility, and cultural humility, along with a focus on strengthening their research abilities and/or professional development. Leadership opportunities available when SOC 325 studentsprovide guidance and mentoring to SOC 225 students that are working at the same community site. An emphasis is also placed on connecting their work in the community to their majors, career paths, and life goals.