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Community-Based Learning Courses

Students can take courses across majors that contain a Community Based Learning component. Building upon the foundations established in CIVC 101, these courses provide students with an opportunity to gain real world skills by partnering with a community organization.

To view the courses being offered Fall Term 2017, please see below. CRNs link to the Term Master Schedule

Additional courses will be added in the coming days, please check back frequently.

Questions? Please email Catherine Fuller at

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location Special Info


Story Medicine

Nomi Eve

TR 11-12:20pm        CHOP - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Course Description:

Story Medicine is a Drexel Community-Based Learning Writing Intensive course that meets in the Seacrest Television Studio at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Using storytelling arts they learn in class, Drexel students write scripts and perform live plays on-camera for a television show broadcast throughout the hospital. All performances make use of a green screen and tele-prompter, so no memorization is necessary. Patients who are well enough come down to the studio to participate. Children in wards watch on T.V. and call into the show to answer questions, and read their own story creations on air.  

Story Medicine students are writers, actors and directors -- but they are also so much more than that.  Drexel students interact with a unique patient population and share moments of grace and courage with patients who come onto the show, change the narrative, and contribute their own vibrant and impactful voices to the stories we tell.  

Story Medicine is a good fit for students from all majors.  Writing assignments support the studio performances.  Students learn fiction-writing techniques so as to be able to craft exciting plots, characters and settings for studio performances.  Students also workshop each other’s writing and engage in reflective writing, so as to be able to process the experience and become active participants in building this course for future quarters.

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location Special Info
CoAS COM 376 13980 NonProfit Communication

Lawrence Souder

R 6:30-9:20pm TBD


Course Description:

All nonprofit organizations must develop and maintain effective communication strategies in order to survive in a competitive economy. Nonprofits have unique needs and limitations in their long-term goals and short-term operations that relate to communication. This course introduces students to the ways nonprofits communicate with both their constituents and their benefactors and the ways researchers have examined these practices. Students will explore these two perspectives on nonprofit communication through a combination of scholarly readings, dialogues with local representatives in the nonprofit sector, and direct contact and work for a local nonprofit organization. This course articulates with the content and goals of other courses in the Department of Communication, specifically COM280 (Public Relations), COM220 (Qualitative Research Methods), COM282 (Public Relations Writing), COM286 (Public Relations Strategies and Tactics), COM675 (Grant Writing for the Arts and Humanities), and COM680 (Public Relations Writing and Strategies).

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location Special Info
CJS 261
15367 Prison, Society and You Cyndi Rickards R 12:30-4:00pm Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility

Course Description:

This course utilizes the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program to explore the relationship between individuals and the prison system. The Inside-Out Exchange Program is an evolving set of projects that creates opportunities for dialogue between those on the outside and those on the inside of the nation’s correctional facilities. The program demonstrates the potential for dynamic collaborations between institutions of higher education and correctional institutions. Most importantly, through this unique exchange, Inside-Out an this course seeks to deepen the conversation- and transform ways of thinking about crime and justice (Crabbe, Pompa, 2004) Course Goal and Mission: At the most basic level, this course and program allows students to go behind the walls to reconsider what they have learned about crime and justice, while those on the inside are encouraged to place their life experiences in a larger framework. Students will exchange ideas and perceptions about crime and justice, the criminal justice system, corrections and imprisonment. It is a chance for all participants to gain a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system through the marriage of theoretical knowledge and practical experience achieved by weekly meetings and extended throughout the semester. (Crabbe, Pompa, 2004).

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location Special Info
CoAS CJS 380


The Opioid Crisis in Our Backyard

Cyndi Rickards

W 5-7:50pm        TBD


Course Description:

In 2016 drug overdose deaths in Philadelphia increased nearly 30 percent. Last year approximately 900 people, three times the number of our city’s homicide victims, lost their lives as result of this epidemic. Eighty percent of these drug overdose deaths are attributed to opioids. The criminalization of drug addiction and current opioid epidemic has overwhelmed and misplaced the already burdened shadow healthcare system that exists in our criminal justice system (e.g. policing, courts, corrections). This interdisciplinary criminology course will utilize multiple academic approaches and experts to explore the history, biology, law, public health, policy, practice and management of the Philadelphia opioid epidemic.  

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location Special Info


Critical Reasoning

Stacey E. Ake

T 5-7:50pm        ACHIEVability


Course Description:

Introduces and develops the skills involved in reasoning effectively about experience and gives the student the ability to distinguish strong arguments from weak ones. Helps the student identify points of vulnerability in reasoning as well as the value and reality assumptions that lie behind our everyday thoughts and actions, recognize logical fallacies, and understand the difference between deductive and inductive arguments.