Course Syllabi

Putting It Together

Once you have laid out your objectives, met and collaborated with the agency, and determined service assignments, it is time to draw up the course syllabus. You can utilize the service learning syllabus template as a guide. The course syllabus should introduce the service ethic. In 1989, over 70 organizations interested in promoting and sustaining civic engagement came together to hail the importance of combining service and learning. Here are some critical elements:

As the semester progresses, weave the service-learning experience into class discussions.  Think of the service-learning as a real-world lab experience for your students. Help them to think critically about what they are experiencing and connect theory and reality.

At the end of every semester, provide an opportunity for your students to give you feedback on the service-learning experience (through surveys, class discussions, reflection papers). You are also encouraged to make future service-learning course design adjustments based on your own experience teaching with this modality. Bottom line, you want it to be rewarding for the student, the agency, the population the agency serves, and you!