Service-Learning Community VEXP1000 CA Syllabus fall 17
“Before all else,” Augustine wrote, “you must live together harmoniously, in one heart and one in soul, on the way to God…Let all of you live together in unity of heart and mind, and honor God in one another.” St. Augustine
Student Facilitators: Place: Basement Lounge in Good Counsel
VEXP 1000 is the integrating seminar of Caritas Community. This one credit seminar aka “Fourth Hour” is connected to your ACS course and has an out-of-class service component. We are responding to a call from the ACLAMO to be consistent, trustworthy, reliable and loving assistants at an afterschool program for 1st -8th grade students in Norristown. ACLAMO serves a in a low-income Latino Community in Norristown PA.
The Caritas seminar is a one-credit course fall 17 and one credit spring semester 18. You will receive a grade at the end of each semester.
Through this experience students will explore concepts related to poverty and discrimination as a lived experience and as part of a larger social structure. You will have the opportunity to reflect on contemporary social justice issues that affect the families and community served by ACLAMO. Service Learning is explicitly designed to promote learning about the historical, sociological, cultural, economic and political contexts that underlie the needs or issues the students address in the community.” Barbara Jacoby, Service Learning Essential, Josey Bass 2015
Student Learning Objectives: We are a community that seeks to serve the common good through acquisition of knowledge, action and reflection.
- Integrate the service experience and classroom learning through reflective thinking.
- Engage in dialogue about the issues that affect the people we serve that takes seriously the perspective of others.
- Acknowledge and be critically aware of social narrative, policies and practices that hurt or harm the people we serve.
- Discover and challenge normative assumptions about social reality that each of us has acquired. The learner will raise questions and unlearn assumptions. (a thing that is accepted as true without proof)
- Develop awareness of identity markers (race, class, gender…) and historical and sociological factors that have established and contributed to poverty, racism, ableism
- Participate in advocacy, research and/or action that positively contributes to the community in which we serve.
7. Enter into a reciprocal relationship with the community in which each of them becomes teachers and learners, served and servant.
8. Making a successful transition to college in community
· Participation in three components service, designated ACS section and fourth hour.
- Consistent and active participation in fourth hour seminar includes preparation and discussion based on readings assigned for seminar, course content and service.
- One Community Action Project due April 2018
- Attendance at Service Learning Community events: One social justice lecture each semester or community activity (group trip off campus), Community Partnership Dinner, Martin Luther King Jr. lecture (January 2018), Community Meeting January and Celebration dinner. There are other community events which are optional.
· For information regarding SLC events and announcements you are responsible for information in the weekly newsletter “SCOOP.” If you are not receiving the SCOOP please let us know.