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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 current and upcoming courses, please see below. CRNs link to the Term Master Schedule

Questions? Please email Jennifer Johnson Kebea at jpj38@drexel.edu.

Summer Term 2017-2018

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
Pennoni Honors College HNRS 302 42456 The Civic Spectrum Cyndi Rickards & Jennifer Kebea Tuesday 5pm-7:50pm Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
Course Description
The health of our communities depend on democratic engagement and public participation. Individually, and as a society, we arguably have an obligation to both engage in shaping our future and recognize a larger public purpose. Throughout this course we will discuss consensus over whether, and how, civic engagement efforts should be directed; we will explore concepts of being a citizen in society, and critically analyze the following questions: What does citizenship mean? What are your civic experiences? Who are civic role models? Who has the power to become a civic leader? What privileges and responsibilities come with civic leadership? The class will have an opportunity to learn and engage with several different types of local civic leaders through a seminar style format. Students will create and reflect upon their personal civic spectrum and analyze how they may further develop their leadership skills. Course Objectives Students will: Define civic spectrum Analyze local civic leaders contribution to our community Analyze civic learning theory and leadership Identify own civic pathway
College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
Westphal URBS T580
42420
Immigration and Global Philadelphia
Andrew Zitcer
Tuesday 3:30pm-6:20pm Varies: Philadelphia Sikh Society, Welcoming Center, Office of Immigrant Affairs
Course Description
Immigration and Global Philadelphia examines the effects of immigration on contemporary Philadelphia. The instructors are Nora ElMarzouky, an artist, educator and organizer active in a number of local conversations about immigration and culture; and Andrew Zitcer, assistant professor of Urban Strategy and Arts Administration. The class is designed to introduce students to the landscape of immigration in Philadelphia through critical reading, and site visits to neighborhoods with large immigrant populations. We will with local organizations on site and have guided tours. We are also bringing in policy experts from organizations at the City of Philadelphia, and non-profits working with immigration. Students will conduct research on a neighborhood of their choosing and produce a rich, multimedia project.

 

Spring Term 2017-2018

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
CoAS CJS 261 32570 Prison, Society & YOU Cyndi Rickards Thursday 1pm-4pm 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
CoAS CJS 260 34446 Justice in Our Community Cyndi Rickards Monday 10am-11:50am Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
Course Description
This course is a community-based learning course that will begin with an introduction to our local community and examine problems unique to cities. The majority of our instructional time will take place with our community partner. The synthesis of scholarship and community classroom experience will provide a holistic leans in which to explore issues in our urban community. Topics include: urban economies, access to education and health care, information justice, race and crime. Students meet for two hours in the classroom and work as Navigators at the Dornsife Center T, W or TH from 1-3 or 3-5. You will need to choose one shift to work each week, which will appear as a recitation on your schedule.
College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
CoAS CJS 380 34840 Policing, Theory, & Practice Robert Kane & Cyndi Rickards Tuesday 1pm-5pm Drexel Police
Course Description
This is an undergraduate course that examines the roles, processes, and implications of policing in America. The class represents a unique collaboration between the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies and the Drexel University Police Department. It offers both a classroom component that grounds students in the academics of policing, as well as a Citizen Police Academy experience to teach policing through the collective lens of those who do the job. Each week, students will study a topic in American policing through readings and lecture, and also through a simulated police activity hosted by Drexel police officers. For example, when we study the rules governing police search & seizure, students will read academic materials on the topic and will also conduct mock car stops in an actual police car with Drexel police officers. This combination of classroom and applied pedagogy teaches students how the rules -- both in terms of social expectations and formal requirements -- translate to actual work settings for officers in the moment while on the job. Ultimately, this course hopes to integrate two aspects of American policing that are typically separated: How we teach policing, and how we do policing. Please contact Cyndi Rickards at crr46@drexel.edu for course application link.”
College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
CoAS ENGL 360 34690 Publishing Veterans' Memoirs Karen Nulton Wednesday 11am-12:20pm Philadelphia VA
Course Description
This seminar-style community-based learning (CBL) course connects Drexel students with local Veterans to create texts for the library of congress veterans’ history project. By publishing experiences that are not often heard, students will broaden social understanding of the relationship of gender, race, and socio-economics to war and peace. Students will explore writing as a healing modality, read selected texts, and learn interview techniques while meeting with local veterans. As students learn the veterans’ stories, they will work with the vets to craft narratives that fit the library of congress guidelines. Male and female veterans will be included and will represent a wide range of military experiences. The veterans will approve the final product before it is uploaded to the library of congress veterans’ history project archive. Students will practice writing, analysis, and editing, and create a library of congress product to list on their resumes..
College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
CoAS WRIT 305 34095 Life is Beautiful Kenneth Bingham Thursdays 3:30pm-4:50pm Crossroads Hospice
Course Description
This community partnership course links memoir with life, story-telling, and dying. Specifically, the course partners students with local hospice patients to co-create a life-story for the patient and his or her family. Students learn interviewing, listening, and writing techniques as well as skills in analysis and presentation. Additionally, the course facilitates interactions with the community and helps students to see themselves as linked to a community outside of college.
College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
CoAS ENGL 103 34862 Once upon A Lifetime (So Far...) Cassandra Hirsch Wednesday 2pm-3:20pm Kirkbride Center
Course Description
In this side-by-side course, blending Drexel students with individuals at Kirkbride Center, Drexel's community partner, I will create a setting for these two groups of students to put aside their preconceptions of the “other” as they read selected works of memoir, engage in conversation about these works, and together learn the craft of writing memoir.

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
Westphal DANC T280 23712 Politics of the Body Valerie Ifill Thursday 1pm-3:50pm Riverside Correctional Facility
Course Description
This course explores how the human body is political. Readings, discussions and movement explorations will be used to better understand how the physical body we live in shapes the way we perceive and are perceived in the world. This is a side-by-side course with Drexel and the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
CoAS WRIT 215 34094 Story Medicine Nomi Eve Tuesday Thursday 11am-12:20pm Children's Hospital
Course Description
This is a Community Based Learning Course in Fiction Writing and Imagination Exploration. Students go to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to perform in the Ryan Seacrest T.V. studio. Drexel Students will host, write scripts and lead imagination activities for patients. Students will write fiction and be introduced to a variety of undergraduate-level fiction writing techniques. Subjects covered include: character, plot, setting, sensory writing, specific writing and high-stakes storytelling. All exercises are suitable for beginning and intermediate fiction writers. Ultimately, students will undertake self-reflective writing, and become active participants in building this course for future quarters.

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
CoAS BIO 200 33103 Connections in Biology Monica Togna Monday Wednesday 3:30pm-4:50pm Alain Locke Elementary School
Course Description
Connections in Biology (BIO 200) is an open enrollment course which gives students the opportunity to make exactly that: connections. Building upon a new theme in biology each week, students connect that material to their current Philadelphia community as well as to their future professional and personal pursuits. The course is designed on the Community Based Learning platform (CBL) and is scheduled to meet twice a week: one meeting will be a formal class period on campus and one meeting will be at a partnered middle school with the instructor and Drexel students leading a 9 week after school science club. Course assignments focus on taking a particular concept or skill learned in one of our Drexel courses, connecting it to the lesson demonstrated at the middle school that week, researching real world applications of that technique, and identifying careers which would utilize that technique or concept. Concepts can range from DNA extraction using common over-the counter supplies to microbiology to biodiversity and genetics. Students will gain volunteer hours, get an introduction to civic engagement, benefit from community based learning practices and connect their Drexel course material to the bigger picture in their lives.
College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
CoAS PSCI T380 001 and PLCY T580 001 34890 Neighborhood Economic Development Richardson Dilworth Tuesday 6pm-8:50pm ACHIEVEability
Course Description
This course explores local strategies for community and neighborhood economic development, with a particular focus on retail commercial corridors. Topics include: community organizing for economic development, urban planning as an economic development strategy, the role of government in neighborhood economic development, and the history of retail in American cities.
College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location
CoAS WRIT 302 34890 Writing Fiction Nomi Eve Wednesday 5pm-7:50pm Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
Course Description

Have you always wanted to write fiction? Have you been writing for a while, but are finding yourself unsure of what to write next? In this creative writing course, students learn to banish writer's block by using prompts to jumpstart the creative process. Music, fashion, family secrets, fossilized bones, historical relics, railway stations, and alluring photographs will be the basis for high-impact writing exercises. Emphasis at all times is on writing that shows guts and reveals soul.

This course is appropriate for both beginning and experienced writers and is supported by enriching readings from stories that grab readers by the collar and don't let go. This class will pay due homage to inspiration, while acknowledging that perspiration—focused work on specific teachable skills—also plays an essential role in the making of good fiction.