Community Engagement

Faculty and Staff

There are many definitions of community-based learning (service learning) in the literature, each one with common elements that define how service is conducted in conjunction with course content. community-based learning includes three elements: Course content concepts, service project, and student reflection. The Office of Community Engagement at California State University, Northridge has adopted the below definition in 2012.

Community-based Learning (Service Learning) is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Faculty choose a limited number of meaningful partnerships with the goal of providing students with different, but consistent off-campus learning experiences. Through community-based learning, students—from kindergartners to college students—use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. They not only learn the practical applications of their studies, they become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform.


Service Learning Course Descriptions

For courses always offered as Service Learning, state the following at the end of the course description for each course: "Offers a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented."

For courses with some (but not all) sections offered as Service Learning, state the following at the end of the course description for each course: "Some sections of this course may offer a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented. Check the Schedule of Classes for the CS Designation."

Examples:

CTVA 463CS. Emerging Media Capstone (3)
Prerequisite: CTVA 462. This production course focuses on service learning through collaboration with community partners to conceptualize, design and execute transmedia projects. Strong communication skills, organization, and time management will be key to successful partnerships and final portfolio ready work. Offers a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented.

RTM 305. Dynamics of Early Childhood Play (3)
Study of play in relation to the child’s early growth and development. Implications for functional, environmental and leadership dimensions of organized play experiences in early years. Some sections of this course may offer a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented. Check the Schedule of Classes for the CS Designation.