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Service-Learning Course Offerings

Winter 2017 

AFS 5991: Field Work in the Black Community

CRN: 20873

Credits: 3-8

Professor: Ollie Johnson

Course Description: Field placement in community-based, human services, and civic organizations and governmental agencies. Restricted to Africana Studies majors.


BME 2920 – Biomedical Engineering Design Lab IV

CRN: 25315

Credits: 1

Professor: Brian Mundo

Course Description: This course offers the application of engineering principles to biomedical engineering problems through laboratory and design exercises.  Fourth of a six-semester sequence; tissue biomechanics, introduction to finite element modeling.


ED 5998 – Go-GIRLs Field Studies

CRN: 29317  Email gogirls@wayne.edu for permission to register for the course

Credits: 3

Professor: Professor: Dr. Sally Roberts    Adjunct Professor: Dr. B. Fiona Hinds

Course Description: Students enrolled in this course will serve as mentors for teams of 7th grade girls from the Detroit Metropolitan area participating in Gaining Options: Girls Investigate Real LifeTM  (GO-GIRL) winter program. The purpose of the program is to increase the competence of adolescence girls in areas of mathematics, technology, scientific thinking and communication in by engaging them in experiences that promote an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and build their capacity to pursue STEM related careers. During the 8 week Saturday program mentors will guide the girls in research activities in laboratories across campus, learn how to access university library resources, meet informally with female researchers, participate in discussions related to career options and develop individualized plans for high school and college preparation.

Dates and Times for the course are:                                                                                                     

8:30am - 3:30pm
Jan 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 4, 11
April 1 


ENG 2560 (IC): Children’s Literature: Literature and Writing

CRN: 24988

Credits: 3

Professor: Nicole Wilson

Course Description: Students who choose to participate in the service learning component of ENG 2560 will be participating in enrichment activities with high level students in an Oakland County elementary school. The projects done with students will be centered around a recent animated film.  These projects will enhance the discussion of Children's Literature themes found in ENG 2560. They will also provide a framework for the research project required for the course to meet the IC requirement.


ENG 3020 (IC): Writing and Community

CRN: All Sections

Credits: 3

Professor: Varies

Course Description: As a course that fulfills the Intermediate Composition (IC) general education requirement, English 3020 prepares students for reading, research, and writing in their upper-division courses and majors. Students in English 3020 achieve these outcomes through collaborative community engagement, which combines hands-on experience in a community setting with academic work related to that setting. Unlike volunteers, students in such a class get as much as they give. Students offer their time and labor to the community partner and, in return, get the chance to develop many types of intellectual skills in real community contexts. The course emphasizes researching local problems, analyzing various kinds of texts, writing for different purposes, listening, negotiating with people of different ages and from different backgrounds, and learning to work collaboratively with a diverse array of people and organizations.


ENG 6010: Tutoring Practicum

CRN: 21852

Credits: 3

Professor: Jule Thomas

Course Description: ENG 6010 is a service-learning course that will investigate the theories of tutoring and secondary educational pedagogy.  The service-learning component of the course requires 20 hours within the Wayne State University WRT Zone. Service-Learning will connect theory and practice through tutoring pedagogy which embraces collaborative methods as a means of developing best practices for teaching. The course will lead students through observations and engagement of tutorial sessions. While in class and the WRT Zone, students will research best practices for tutoring and teaching. This course will also explore genre theory as a mode for writing instruction.  The integration of tutor and genre theory in this service-learning course will be applied to course assignments, discussion, and classwork.  Students will leave with the ability to translate theory into practice when teaching writing in middle and secondary English courses.


Honors 4280: Cities and Food

CRN: 28272

Credits: 3

Professors: Kameshwari Pothukuchi

Course Description: TBD


Honors 4280:

CRN: 29330

Credits: 3

Professors: Diane VanBuren

Course Description: This seminar will engage students from all departments who want hands-on experience with a community garden project in Detroit, including the design and construction of solar power and rain water catchment systems.


Honors 4930: Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project

CRN: 25360 and 23950

Credits: 2-4 (Honors students must register for three or four credits.)

Professors: Dale Thomas & Marcella Verdun

Course Description: Earn 2 to 4 Honors credits while teaching reading skills to children in kindergarten through second grade who need additional help in Detroit Public Schools. Detroit Fellows work three (earns 2 credits), five (earns 3 credits) or seven (earns 4 credits) hours per week at their assigned school. The schedule is established by you based on your availability and the number of credits for which you sign up. Tutors work during regularly scheduled school hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


PHI 1110 (PL) – Ethical Issues in Health Care

CRN: 29258

Credits: 3

Professor: John Corvino

Course Description: The health care setting provides many opportunities for reflection on moral questions--about life and death, autonomy, harm, consent, professional responsibility, and the allocation of resources, among other topics. This course explores such questions and teaches students how to reason critically in response to them. Students who take the course for Honors Credit must complete a service-learning assignment by volunteering in a health-care organization and writing a 1500-word paper reflecting on that experience in light of the themes of the course.


SOC 2000 (SS): Understanding Human Society

CRN: 27421

Credits: 3

Professor: Zachary Brewster

Course Description: This course is intended to introduce you to the field of sociology. In this class, you will be exposed to the general ideas, concepts, theoretical perspectives, and research methods within the field of sociology. The underlying objective of this course is to help you develop a sociological imagination that will foster an enhanced awareness concerning the effects that social forces have on your lives and the lives of your fellow human beings. As part of Wayne State’s community engagement initiative, this course will also require you to complete 10 hours of service-learning in a community agency that deals in some way with social inequality. The service-learning knowledge via books by experientially learning about social inequalities as they are manifested in the everyday lives of others in your community. Further, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge of social stratification by actively participating in efforts to ameliorate or otherwise cope with the consequences of inequities.


SW 1010 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

CRN: 21825

Credits: 3

Professor: Julie Alter-Kay

Course Description: Focus is on the evolution of social welfare as a social institution and its relationship to social policy and the interaction of political and economic institutions. Focus is also on the skills necessary for understanding current welfare agencies, services, and resources as well as the knowledge requirements of generalist social work practice and professional social work in selected fields of practice (child welfare, gerontology, health care, mental health, schools, substance abuse, criminal justice, and crises/trauma). The Service Learning Project requires that each student work with his/her selected community service site to develop and actively engage in a semester-long service project that benefits the community.


TED 2250: Becoming an Urban Educator

CRN: Varies

Credits: 3

Professor: Varies

Course Description: Examination of issues surrounding social justice in urban schools and society through the exploration of the historical, political, and social trends that influence education. Course includes a 40- hour service learning field experience.


THR 3738: Applied Theatre Practicum

CRN: 27318

Credits: 1-4 (Honors students must register for three or four credits.)

Professor: Mary Anderson

Course Description: Supervised students work in schools, with youth programs, and in community service settings, implementing applied theatre projects. (Formerly THR 3490).


Honors Option Examples

Below are a few examples of how to fulfill your service-learning requirement with Wayne State University courses using the Service-Learning Honors Option Form, if the above courses do not fit your schedule. Please remember that the service you perform and not just the community partner where you do your service MUST compliment the course material and you must register for HON 3000.
Example 1
Course Name: Reporting Race, Gender and Culture - COM 4250
Service-Learning Component: Volunteer with an organization that services specific demographics (i.e. race and gender) or volunteer at a local newspaper
Example 2
Course Name: Introductory Food Science - NFS 2130
Service-Learning Component: Volunteer at a soup kitchen, food pantry, or community garden
Example 3
Course Name: Introduction to Drugs, Behavior and Society - PSY 2080
Service-Learning Component: Volunteer at a rehabilitation center, clinic, or a homeless shelter
Example 4
Course Name: Introduction to Ethics -PHI 2320
Service-Learning Component: Volunteer with an organization that promotes civil rights, animal rights, etc.
Example 5
Course Name: Law, Authority and Rebellion - PS 3510
Service-Learning Component: Volunteer at a law firm or politician’s office
Example 6
Course Name: Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice - SOC 3110
Service-Learning Component: Volunteer with an organization that promotes social justice or volunteer at a women’s shelter
Example 7
Course Name: Medical Spanish - SPA 3050
Service- Learning Component: Volunteer language skills at a hospital, senior home and/or clinic