In service learning courses, students learn through active participation in thoughtfully organized service work with off-campus communities that is connected to academic, credit-bearing courses of any size—from small seminars to large lectures. Students who participate in service learning not only enrich their academic knowledge with real-world applications but also develop personal, professional, and leadership skills. Service learning courses can be found throughout the undergraduate curriculum--from GE and Writing I and II courses to upper division electives in many different majors and minors. Service learning students work with organizations all across the Los Angeles region on a wide variety of projects each quarter. Some projects involve direct service (such as tutoring and mentoring) while other projects engage students in research or policy analysis. The following courses are offered this quarter:Fall 2017 Service Learning Courses
Asian American Studies 140SL - Power to People: Asian American and Pacific Islander Community-Based Learning
Chicana and Chicano Studies M167SL - Taking It to Street: Spanish in Community
Civic Engagement 100SL - Perspectives on Civic Engagement- DIVERSITY!
Civic Engagement 163SL - Civic Engagement and Public Use of Knowledge: Special Topics: Research and Writing in Nonprofit Sector
“Food is a hot topic right now,” said Kathy O’Byrne, who teaches “Food Studies and Food Justice” and directs UCLA’s Center for Community Learning. “Whether it’s research, policy, waste, marketing, logistics or event planning, or looking at the relationship between government regulation and government assistance around food programs, or the level of hunger, poverty and homeless people in L.A. — these things are interconnected on every level.”
Service Learning in the Community
Many of the community partners for service learning courses have been working with UCLA for more than 10 years, and we have also welcomed new organizations to increase the diversity of the experience. Students work for non-profit agencies throughout Los Angeles County, including East and South LA and the San Fernando Valley.
Community partners are pre-screened and chosen in advance by faculty members, often with consultation from the Center for Community Learning. Students typically work at least 20 hours per quarter, and the meaningful work taking place off campus is connected to graded assignments and oral or written reflection opportunities during class.Click on the map below to explore how UCLA undergraduates are engaging Los Angeles through the Center for Community Learning’s service learning courses. This interactive “storymap” was developed by Center Assistant Director Beth Goodhue in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities.