Caritas Service Learning Community
First Year Service-Learning Community S18 VXEP 1000 Syllabus CA 1, 2 and 3
Course Instructor: ______________________________________
Student Facilitators: ___________________________________________________
Place: Basement Lounge in Good Counsel
“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
Syllabus Spring ‘17 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 at ACLAMO in Norristown. ACLAMO serves a in a low-income Latino Community in Norristown PA.
This course will lead students into critical thinking about important concepts related to poverty and discrimination. It will provide students an opportunity to reflect on contemporary societal 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
General Course Goals for all first year learning communities
Students will live the mission of Villanova University, “The University community welcomes and respects members of all faiths who seek to nurture a concern for the common good and who share an enthusiasm for the challenge of responsible and productive citizenship in order to build a just and peaceful world.” University Mission Statement
q Developing cooperative learning skills in working and learning with and from other members of Caritas Community and the students and Staff at ACLAMO or your service site.
q Enhancing your skills for class participation through seminar discussion
q Reciprocal learning-you will tutor students at ACLAMO and learn from the students and staff.
q Critical thinking: you will make connections between what you learn in your ACS course, at service and in fourth hour. These connections will allow you to challenge the societal narratives about poverty, immigration and diversity that influence our thoughts an actions.
q Applying personal development and leadership skills to all aspects of college life.
q Understanding Villanova's Augustinian and Catholic heritage and how that relates to service learning.
q Making a successful transition to college.
- Student will have a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and how that relates to the students at ACLAMO and the school.
- Students will examine their own perceptions about class, race, culture and ability.
- Students will examine their role as citizen in creation of policies and practices that serve the “common good”
The Common Good is considered the conditions in which ALL people can flourish.
- Students will learn for the sake of others, seeking wisdom about the conditions in this world which keep others from reaching their potential.
- Students will understand the role of Service Learning in a University.