Learning Communities are predicated on linking inside-the-classroom teaching with outside-the-classroom experience. This idea of ‘learning-by-doing’ is not only important for higher education, but is especially relevant at Villanova University, inspired by St. Augustine’s hope that “I may do what I learn and not just learn what to do.”
The Learning Communities Abroad Program (LCA) builds on these ideas by providing select members of the learning communities the unique opportunity to complement their classroom learning through an 8-week, 6-credit summer program based in London, which includes a 4-week academic coures and a 4-week work placement. Work placements will be based on students’ academic and personal interests.
Students are required to take both courses for a total of six credits.
HUM 5950: The Making of Britain will be taught by Dr. Christopher Daly, of the Villanova Center for Liberal Education (VCLE). This course will examine the history of England and how it applies to modern day London. The aim of the course is to complement and to enrich the study-abroad experience, giving students the opportunity to prepare for, deal with, and reflect on the international experience. The course will be divided into three parts. First, the class will occasionally meet beginning after spring break until the end of the semester. Then, when students are overseas, the discussion shifts on-site where Dr. Daly will teach the course in London. Finally, an intensive workshop/retreat will be hosted upon return, with the goal of helping students connect their abroad experience with the themes of the course.This course-structure thus seeks (like the learning communities themselves) to link learning inside the classroom with learning outside it. Students will be graded for this course. 3 credits.