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Fall 2018 Syllabus word document printable version

Attendance at these events is required.  If you have class during any of these times please let your instructor know.  If you miss due to illness or family emergency you will need a note from health center. 

Monday January 15

Villanova closed-optional


MLK Day of service through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Sign up

MLK day of service sign up




Wednesday, January 17 MANDATORY IN PLACE OF 4TH HOUR


Community Meeting

CAP projects and conversation about race and diversity--

Driscoll Auditorium You will choose one session


Monday, January 22


Service Begins


Week of January 23





Attend Freedom School or MLK memorial Lecture

Wednesday January 24


MLK memorial Lecture

January 24 at 7pm Villanova Room Or freedom school


Carol Nash My Life as a Civil Rights Activist: From Jail in Jackson to the Distinguished American Award” Diane Nash, leader and strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement Nash’s work included the first successful campaign to integrate lunch counters (Nashville), the Freedom Riders who desegregated interstate travel, and the co-founding of the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Connelly Center, Villanova Room

Thursday, January 25


All day

Freedom school




Events are held in Connelly Center—descriptions at end of this document

Monday, January 29th


4th hour begins


Week of April 2


CAP project due

Final CAP proposal due. Implementation between now and May 2.  Power point slides are due 5/1 by 5pm.

Tuesday,  April 16



*Celebration dinner and presentation of CAP projects

Villanova Room 

Friday, April 27


Last Day of Service



Service Schedule—You will be receive service schedule by email.

Attendance.  Your attendance in class and at service can affect your grade.  Since this course is primarily experiential in nature, you need to attend all classes and service days.  Students who have more than TWO unexcused absences will have to make up the work or time, if not you may NOT PASS the class.  Excused absences and make up work will be determined by the instructor for your fourth hour course.

Rules of Engagement

Guidelines for participation

  1. Be fully present
  2. Participate in every class  (see criteria for evaluation of class participation)
  3. Lean into Discomfort



Articles and current events will be available on line.  Link to all assignments and readings


Additional Resources

  • Comfort zone. Some of the material may be new and different, and will touch on sensitive subjects such as religion, politics, poverty and race.  If you are in any way uncomfortable with anything that comes up, please let a member of the leadership team know. Your concerns will be treated respectfully.
  • Copies of work. Please date and keep copies of all the work that you submit for the entire course.
  • Disabilities. Villanova seeks to make reasonable academic accommodations for students with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability, please contact me outside of class, and make arrangements to register with the Learning Support Office (610-519-5636;  
  • Academic Integrity.  There will be a number of short reaction papers or other assignments for this class.  These will be based on your experience and the materials covered in the course. In producing these works, you are expected to follow the normal rules of academic integrity regarding plagiarism and collaboration.  If you for some reason do consult any other sources in preparing any of these papers, you must include footnotes and a formal bibliography, following the principles laid out in Easy Writer by Andrea Lunsford, which is required for your ACS Seminar.  You are free to share your thoughts and journal and reflections with others at any time regarding the reading for this course.  Discussion outside the classroom is highly encouraged provided your written assignments are your own work.


Participation in Fourth Hour:              60 points

Written Work                                      40 points

Attendance at Service                         2 unexcused absences may lower your grade by one letter


Participation:  This course is different from other courses and will require different skills.   It is a discussion based course so 60% of your grade is dependent on the quantity and the quality of your contributions in fourth hour.  Two unexcused absence may result in a failing grade.  See rubric below.  To receive points you must demonstrate that you are actively involved listening and contributing to the conversation with evidence that you have read the assigned readings. 


Strong work 2-3

Needs development 1.0-2.0

Unsatisfactory  0-1.0


Actively and respectfully
listens to peers and instructor

Sometimes displays lack of interest in comments of others

Projects lack of interest or disrespect for others


Arrives fully prepared with all assignments completed,  notes on reading, observations and or questions

Sometimes arrives unprepared or with only superficial preparation

Exhibits little evidence of having read or thought about assigned material

Quality of contributions

Comments are relevant and reflect understanding of: assigned text(s); previous remarks of other students; and insights about assigned material

Comments sometimes irrelevant, betray lack of preparation, or indicate lack of attention to previous remarks of other students

Comments reflect little understanding of either the assignment or previous remarks in seminar

Impact on seminar

Comments frequently help move seminar conversation forward

Comments sometimes advance the conversation, but sometimes do little to move it forward

Comments do not advance the conversation or are actively harmful to it

Frequency of participation

Actively participates at appropriate times

Sometimes participates but at other times is “tuned out”

Seldom participates and is generally not engaged

Written WorkWritten work will be evaluated by content, ideas, conceptualization, and synthesis.  Mechanics and grammar, clarity and content, and conciseness will also be considered. Grades will be reduced for poor quality including sloppy workmanship, incomplete sentences, unintelligible answers, inattention to details, and not following instructions.


Grading written work

  • “A” 80-100 The essay responds to the prompt and is thoughtful, well written, and insightful. Student has achieved a balance of description and reflection.  Students have described their experience at service and reflected on those events through the lens of their own history and opinions, SLC course reading and discussion and fourth hour readings.
  • “B” 60-80 Work completed with competence. Student has described their service experience and reflected on those events in meaningful ways but may not demonstrate the ability to include outside resources such as SLC course, fourth hour readings and previous discussion in 4h hour.
  • “C” 40-60 Work completed in a cursory but passable fashion.  Work is descriptive and perfunctory with little evidence of reflection.
  • “D-F” 0-40 pts:  Work not completed with any degree of competence or concern for service and must be re-done to gain passing grade.  The journal is dishonest and completely ignores the basis of the course, or incomprehensible due to errors in language or structure of the essay. 


Service:  Attendance at your service site is integral to your participation in 4th hour.   Instructors and facilitators will ask if you attended service each week. Two unexcused absences may result in loss of once letter grade.


CAP Projects:  Community Action Project (CAP Project) SPRING

This is a project that is designed and implemented by students at a particular service site that meets the need of the school or agency with whom your serve as defined by that agency or school.  A CAP project may also be designed to educate the Villanova Community about an issue that you are dealing with in the community. (i.e., homelessness, illiteracy)  CAP projects are presented at the end of the year celebration dinner, April 16, 2018

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Office of Service Learning
St. Augustine Center for the Liberal Arts
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Noreen Cameron, Director
SAC Room 386

Mary Aiello, Administrative Assistant
SAC Room 385

We have a constantly evolving list of with faculty and community partners that change each semester.

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