Sociology | Current Social Controversies
S105 | 4065 | Nenga


THIS IS A SERVICE LEARNING COURSE.
A TWO HOUR WEEKLY COMMUNITY SERVICE IS REQUIRED.

In the last decades, more and more universities have encouraged
their students to volunteer as a way to bridge the town-gown divide,
to gain job skills and practical experience, and to develop civic-
mindedness.  In the course of a volunteer shift, however, a
volunteer is focused on the immediate task, whether that be child
care, packing food, or working security in a shelter.  A second way
for students to become active and responsible community members is
to take a course on social problems.  Students in a college course
may learn about a social problem's causes and consequences, but lack
the practical experience to understand the significance of the
academic material.  This course requires you to synthesize 30 hours
hour volunteer work and your classroom learning.  We will center
both our volunteer work and our academic inquiry around 5 social
problems:  animal welfare, child poverty and abuse, domestic
violence, homelessness and hunger.  Through journal writing,
readings, and class discussion, this course will help you step back
from the immediate tasks of volunteering and consider the larger
social contexts that cause these problems and shape their
solutions.  In addition, we will examine volunteer work as its own
controversy by assessing the value of volunteer work itself.  By the
end of the course, you should:
*	Understand the broader social contexts of these 5 problems
*	Develop practical, immediate experience in the volunteer
context
*	Reflect critically on the role of volunteering in solving
these problems
*	Synthesize your practical and academic knowledge on these
problems.