Minor Course Change Form for Service-Learning Course Designation

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Minor Course Change Form for
Service-Learning Course Designation
Course Prefix/Number/Title ______________________________________________________
Person Completing Form ______________________________
Date _______________
Phone ext. 4-5639 Email address: [email protected]
In an attachment, briefly address each of the following questions (3 page maximum):
1. How will the course introduce students to the principles of service-learning?
2. What service assignment(s) will students be expected to complete? (Identify activities
and/or work products expected.)
3. What community need(s) will the service address?
4. What course objective(s) will the service address?
5. What is the minimum number of hours that students will be expected to serve? (10 hours
is the minimum for service-learning designation)
6. Identify potential community partner(s). If not known, describe criteria to be used to
select partners. If no community organizations will be directly involved, describe how
students will work with community members.
7. How will students be prepared for their service activities?
8. What activities will students be required to complete in order to integrate the learning
derived from service with subject matter outcomes?
9. How will student learning from service be evaluated?
Approvals:
Department Chair _______________________________________
Signature
Date
_____
College Dean ____________________________________________
Signature
Date
AVP ____________________________________________
Signature
Date
If there are substantial changes in any of the above responses, a new form shall be
submitted.
9/20/06
Guidelines for Service Learning Curriculum Change Form
1. How will the course introduce students to the principles of service-learning?
Students in this course will work with international community members who are associated
with a non-profit organization or the SJSU campus community. Students will engage in activities
that will not only provide assistance to the international community members, but also give the
students a chance to learn about people’s cultures. For example, this year, students will work
with 16 of the neediest immigrant groups in Santa Clara to put together a display panel regarding
each group’s culture, history, and contributions to Santa Clara. Through this activity students
will not only help the community members prepare a display for the county, but also learn about
the cultures of these various groups. Thus, this activity combines both the giving and the
receiving aspects that define service-learning.
2. What service assignment(s) will students be expected to complete? (Identify activities
and/or work products expected.)
See above with respect to the activity for this semester. Each semester different activities will be
planned, depending on the needs of the organization. Various contacts have been made with the
Santa Clara Office for Immigrants, SAL, and International Studies on campus. Every semester
the International Studies office hosts an international week. David Rudel, Director of Study
Abroad, and I have discussed that if an activity cannot be coordinated in which my students
would work with a non-profit organization off-campus, then they can work on helping to develop
and prepare for the International Week (for which help is always needed). The type of work
students would be engaged in include preparing posters about the various countries represented,
manning the booths, answering questions about international studies abroad, etc. This type of
work would again require the students to both learn and to give.
3. What community need(s) will the service address?
The activities proposed would provide the much needed service of integrating foreign (nonnative) members of our community with established members of our community (i.e., most of
our students). Through our students’ interaction with the “foreign” community, perceived
support mechanisms will begin and the “foreign” community members will (hopefully) feel a
greater sense of inclusion.
4. What course objective(s) will the service address?
The course objectives addressed through the service is an understanding of emic and etic
differences of cultures. By interacting with the “foreign” community members, our students will
gain exposure to understanding how cultures are unique and how they are the same. The students
will also be exposed to different values endorsed by different cultural groups and thus, hopefully,
gain an appreciation for these differences.
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5. What is the minimum number of hours that students will be expected to serve? (10 hours
is the minimum for service-learning designation)
Because the field of cross-cultural psychology requires a strong theoretical basis, a great deal of
emphasis will be placed on readings and discussion. Therefore, only 10-15 hours of service work
will be required. It is hoped that after the students have been exposed to “foreign” community
members, they will have a taste for the exciting world beyond SJSU and be enticed to engage in
more learning about cultures and choose to study abroad.
6. Identify potential community partner(s). If not known, describe criteria to be used to
select partners. If no community organizations will be directly involved, describe how
students will work with community members.
Santa Clara Office of Human Relations – Richard Hobbs
SJSU International Studies & Study Abroad – David Rudel
Studies in American Language – Cassie Piotrowski
Jewish Federation – Russian Immigrants – Lynn Osband
Criteria to select partners: Availability of activities that would provide both a service to foreign
members of the community and an opportunity for our students to learn about culture.
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