Combine Theory & Practice with Service Learning Courses

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Service learning melds theory and practice through experiential opportunities that support the in-classroom curriculum.

2019-2020 Courses

Theatre Outreach: Collaboration and Community

Developing original, issue-oriented dramatic material using music and theatre media, this course will present the structures needed for community extension of the theatre. Performance and teaching groups will work with small theatres, schools, senior-citizen groups, museums, centers, and shelters. Advanced Section also offered.

Faculty member: Allen Lang (Theatre)

Communities in Context: Community Psychology From New York City to Yonkers

This course will explore community psychology through a localized lens focusing on communities within New York City and Yonkers.  We will begin by examining the history of psychology’s interactions with marginalized communities, and the influence movements have had on the field of psychology. Next, our course will explore specific case studies within New York City and Yonkers, including shining a critical light onto education, policing, healthcare, immigration, housing, and public space.  Our course will critically reflect on Sarah Lawrence College as a community and its contributions to psychology and influence within Yonkers.

 Faculty member: Chris Hoffman (Psychology)

Scholars at Risk: The Politics and Practice of Human Rights Advocacy

This course focuses on the history and politics of the human rights regime and humanitarianism, human rights advocacy, advocacy networks, information politics, advocacy strategies and techniques, and human rights monitoring and reporting. Scholars At Risk is a NGO that monitors violations of academic freedom worldwide, provides scholarships for threatened scholars, and advocates for the release of imprisoned scholars. Students in this course will select the case of an imprisoned scholar, research the case and create and advocacy campaign for the scholars release.  This campaign can be done through social media, authoring articles, organizing panel and speaker events for campus or lobbying local, state, and federal elected officials.

Faculty member: Janet Reilly (Politics)

Exploring the Work of Community Based Agencies: Linking Theory and Practice 

This course offers students the chance to develop a deeper understanding of community based work.  Through a combination of writing, reading, reflection and direct work with a Not-For-Profit connected to SLC, students will explore and learn about community based work and the variety of social issues that influence the work at their Not-For-Profit.  Students will meet with the Director of Community Partnerships every week and with a Faculty Sponsor four times throughout the semester.  Interviews for this course take place the previous semester. 

Mara Gross and various faculty members

Virtually Yours: Relating and Reality in the Digital Age

This course examines the ways in which humans have evolved in our digital age to relate to oneself, each other, and to the world around us. As the digital age continues to rapidly unfold, the full impact of technology on our experience, our ability to meaningfully connect with others and access our important memories remains to be fully explored. Students in this class will have the opportunity to link coursework with community based work through Wartburg, a local senior residence.

Faculty member: Meghan Jablonski (Psychology)