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Service-Learning in Sociology 2:  Social Problems

Spring 2002:  Instructor: Guido Davis Del Piccolo

 

Why are we doing Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning method that integrates community service with academic coursework as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking.  Through your participation in service related to current social problems AND critical reflection of your experiences, you will gain a deeper and practical understanding of the course content, as well as, a broader appreciation of sociology. 

Through Service-Learning, you will be LEARNING from not only the instructor and the text, but also from the clients you serve, from the community agency personnel, and from yourself.  In your service, you will work with both individual clients AND the agency itself.

 

Objectives for Service-Learning in Sociology 2:

1.      To increase understanding of the theoretical issues being addressed in the classroom;

2.      To stimulate critical thinking about the social arrangements discussed in the classroom;

3.      To gain insight into the interrelated nature and underlying causes of social problems;

4.      To gain a comprehensive view of the needs of the community being served (beyond just the service being provided);

5.      To increase understanding of the operation of community agencies (their existence, goals, objectives, limitations, challenges, obstacles and successes);

6.      To gain exposure to economic, racial and/or ethnic communities which may differ from the students own; and

7.      To encourage future community service work and social service career exploration.

 

SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECT (50% of course grade)

 

Service Hours: (5% of course grade)

·         Students perform a minimum of 20 hours of service.

·         The service MUST be conducted on a regular weekly basis.

·         Students will get credit for no more than 3 hours per site visit.

·         Students will get credit for no more than 4 hours per week.

·         Students must complete their service hours by May 29th.

·         IN SUM:  You should do your service work in 2- to 3-hour sessions once per week.

 

Weekly Reflection Journals: (15% of course grade)

·         Students submit weekly journals or their service experiences and observations.

·         Journals are not graded for WHAT you say, but rather for HOW you say it.  Specifically, the purpose of the journals is to REFLECT on your experiences/observations and to INTEGRATE those into the course material.  (see instructions on Journal Writing for more details)

·         A minimum of 8 journal submissions is required for full credit.  No more than 1 journal entry will be accepted per week for full credit.  (see instructions on Journal Writing for more details)

·         IN SUM: When you’ve completed your hours for the day, take 20-30 minutes to reflect on the experience, type your journal entry, and TURN IT IN at the next class.

 

Service-Learning Paper: (30% of course grade)

·         Students develop a final paper INTEGRATING their service experience with the statistical and theoretical discussions occurring in the classroom.  You will submit an outline of this paper to me in advance of the final due date.

·         This paper is the MOST IMPORTANT part of the “Service-Learning Project” because the paper is where you demonstrate both critical thinking and a grasp of the course material.  (However, the basis of the paper comes from your service and reflection journals.)


Service-Learning Placement Sites

 

Logistics:

·         You are welcome to do your service in pairs and arrange transportation together.

·         NOTE: A MAXIMUM of 4 (four) students will be allowed to work at each site.  The first 4 students to submit their completed paperwork will be assigned to that site.

 

Approved Agencies for Service:

Prior to approving any site not listed below, you must document to me why none of the below are acceptable and demonstrate to me how the objectives on the reverse side will be met at another site.

 

 

AGENCY

ISSUE

ADDRESS
(please verity)

CITY/AREA

CONTACT

PHONE

1.                     

A Place Called Home

multifaceted agency

2830 S. Central Ave

Los Angeles

Patricia Connor

323-232-7653

2.                     

Access Center &

PATH

homeless center/ food distribution

1616 7th Street

Santa Monica

Amor Gonzales
Ramona Holland
    (PATH)

310-450-4050

3.                     

Behavior Health Services, Inc.

drug / alcohol treatment

15519 Crenshaw Blvd

Gardena

Mike Johnston

310-679-2880

4.                     

Behavior Health Services, Inc-Patterns

drug / alcohol treatment for women and children

12917 Cerise Ave

Hawthorne

Terry Johnson

310-675-4431

5.                     

Boys & Girls Club
(Santa Monica)

 

1238 Lincoln Blvd

Santa Monica

Kenda Moore

310-393-9629

6.                     

Boys & Girls Club (Venice)

 

2232 Lincoln Blvd

Venice

Virginia

310-390-4477 x228

7.                     

Clare Foundation—Sober Inn

alcohol recovery

907 Pico Blvd

Santa Monica

Gilbert Rico

310-314-6215

8.                     

Community Center, Inc.

multi-purpose community center

7522 S. Vermont Ave

Los Angeles

Karla Sacon

323-752-2115

9.                     

Community Coalition

community organizing

 

So. Central LA

 

323-750-9640

10.                  

El Nido Family Centers

counseling, education for children

2152 W. Manchester

Los Angeles

Lambra Gatewoo

Mildrid Star

323-971-7360 x227

323-757-0101

11.                  

Florence Crittenton Center

girls group home

234 E Avenue 33

Los Angeles

Bianca Pearlman

323-225-4211 x209

12.      

Hydepark Organizational Partnership for Empowerment (HOPE)

community development organization

 

S. Crenshaw area  (LA)

Mandla Kayise

(new world ed)

323-293-6341

13.                  

Inglewood Community Education & Resource Center

UCLA student outreach project & Inglewood community partnership

100 Nutwood

Inglewood

Mandla Kayise

(new world ed)

323-293-6341

14.                  

Mar Vista Family Center

community center

5075 Slauson Ave

Culver City

Gonzalo Bermudez

310-390-9607

15.                  

Santa Monica Barrios Unidos

youth services

2811 Pico Blvd

Santa Monica

 

310-453-9492

16.                  

Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL)

youth center

1401 Olympic Blvd

Santa Monica

Karen Humphrey

310-392-7673

17.                  

Turning Point Transitional Housing

homeless housing/counseling

1447 16th Street

Santa Monica

Vivicia Cole

310-828-6717

18.                  

Venice Community Housing Corp.

housing agency

720 Rose Ave

Venice

Ann Murphy

Lori Zimmerman

310-399-4100

19.                  

Virginia Park

youth programs

2200 Virginia Ave

Santa Monica

Concepcion

310-458-8688

20.                  

Westside Women’s Domestic Violence Network

family violence issues

 

 

Berrie Levie

310-450-0801

21.                  

Windsor Hills Community Learning Center

learning center

5215 Overdale Drive

Los Angeles

Lizi Peter

323-299-8381

 

Important Dates For Service-Learning Project:

 

Completed “Service-Learning Placement Form” (including all signatures) submitted to Instructor....................................

3/6

Outline of Service-Learning Paper Due......................................................................................................................

5/22

Service hours must be completed AND Last day to submit journals to Instructor..........................................................

5/29

“Documented Work Hours” must be completed, signed by site supervisor and submitted to Instructor............................

6/3

Final Service-Learning Paper Due.............................................................................................................................

6/10