- Course Number:
- PS 280B
- Course Title:
- Cooperative Education: Community Service & Action Seminar
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Course DescriptionThis interdisciplinary seminar provides an integrative framework for students engaged in community service and cooperative education work. Focuses on social interaction, group and organizational processes, and public policies related to service, advocacy, and social change placements.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Demonstrate the ability to communicate and work effectively in a range of organizational frameworks engaged in service, advocacy, and social change.
Demonstrate increased effective personal involvement in community issues and public policy.
Develop interpersonal, organizational, and political skills to advance individual and collective interests.
Course Activities and Design
Course activities can include a variety of readings, discussions, field experiences, interviews, case studies, problem-solving analysis, group and individual exercises, and reflective journals related to the course content.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Outcomes can be assessed through a variety of individual and group projects, presentations, case studies, field research, and reflective journals
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Developing active listening and communication skills
Understanding the helping relationship, and developing basic helping skills
Building community and promoting empowerment
Practicing mediation, principled negotiation, and alternatives to adversarial conflict
Analyzing group and organizational processes, and learning how to work effectively in diverse contexts
Exploring the dynamics of service, advocacy, and social change organizations
Developing basic political lobbying skills
Exploring the process of developing, implementing, and influencing public policy
Exploring values and ethics involved in professional service, advocacy, and social change work
Appreciating diversity and working effectively with diverse populations