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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 Winter 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 cef83@drexel.edu.

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location Special Info
CoAS WRIT 215

25238

Story Medicine

Nomi Eve
nae28@drexel.edu

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 WRIT 305 130
25240 Life is Beautiful

Ken Bingham

R 3:30-4:40pm 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 Special Info
CoAS
CJS 260 001,002,003,004,005,006
25703 Justice in Our Community
Cyndi Rickards M 10:00-11:50am Science Center and Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships


Course Description:

This course is a seminar style community-based learning course that will begin with an introduction to justice in urban communities and examine problems unique to cities. The will include class lectures and on-site work with our community partners at UConnect. The synthesis of scholarship and community classroom experience will provide a holistic lens in which to explore issues in our urban community. Topics include urban economies, access to education and health care, digital divides and crime. Students who take this course will also register for one recitation section of CJS 260.

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location Special Info
CoAS CJS 261 001

23764

Prison, Society and You

Cyndi Rickards

R 1-3:50pm        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, this course seeks to deepen the conversation and transform ways of thinking about crime and justice (Crabbe, Pompa, 2004)

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

23552

Yoga Philosophy and Practice

Jennifer Morley

MW 12-1:20pm        Kirkbride Center

 

Course Description:

This unique course format brings college students and clients at the Kirkbride Center together in a yoga class taught by a member of the Drexel dance faculty. Kirkbride Center is a licensed 245 bed comprehensive behavioral health care facility providing acute psychiatric and addiction services. The primary objective of this class is to utilize our emerging yoga practice as a tool to come together in a mutually respectful learning environment. Students experience basic mindfulness practices including meditation and breath techniques. Participants will utilize these mindfulness practices as the foundation of our physical yoga practice. Each class will include either deep relaxation or a dialogue to share experiences and perspectives. No prior yoga experience necessary.

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location Special Info
CoAS BIO T280 001

25971

Mobilizing the Scientific Method

Karen Kabnick

M 4-5:50pm, F 1-2:50pm
PISB

 

Course Description:

Students in Bio T280, a new Community-Based Learning course, will learn cooperatively with local high school students who will come to Drexel campus weekly. Drexel students will work with instructors to develop approaches to ask and answer scientific questions. Drexel students will then guide high school partners using a mentor-teacher model. We will use fast plants as our model organism to ask questions with controlled experiments, collect and interpret data, draw conclusions and redesign experiments based on those results. The goal of this course is to encourage collaborative learning through experimentation and mentoring.

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location Special Info
Westphal URBS 610 001

25096

Civic Engagement & Participatory Methods

Andrew Zitcer

M 6-8:50pm TBD

 

Course Description:

Explores and examines how communities accomplish planned change through a number of models including community development, social planning, social action and public advocacy.

College Course # CRN Course Title Instructor Date/Time Location Special Info
CoAS PHYS T180 001

26086

Connections in Physics

Christina Love

M 3:30-4:50pm Alaine Locke Elementary

 

Course Description:

Connections in Physics is a Community-Based Learning (CBL) course where Drexel undergraduates run an afterschool science club at a local elementary or middle school. Building upon a new theme in physics each week, students will connect that material to their current Philadelphia community as well as to their future professional and personal pursuits. The course is scheduled to meet twice a week: one meeting will be on campus and one meeting will be at a partnered local school where the Drexel students will lead the afterschool science club. Course assignments will focus on taking a particular concept or skill learned in one of our Drexel courses, connecting it to the lesson demonstrated at the school that week, researching real world applications of that technique, and identifying careers which would utilize that technique or concept. Concepts can range from applications of electromagnetic induction to thermodynamics in weather prediction. 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 Special Info
College of Nursing and Health Professsions
TBD

TBD

The Human Experience in Healthcare

Annette Willgens

TBD TBD

 

Course Description:

This course explores the human experience of healthcare.  Students will engage in an in-depth assessment of how the interaction between human relationships and other complex challenges influence health outcomes. Some of these challenges include social and psychological determinants of health, values, beliefs, and institutional culture. Students will gain insight and appreciation of the lived experience of patient and provider. 

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

TBD

Intercultural Communication

Simone Schlichting-Artur

TBD
ACHIEVEability

 

Course Description:

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

TBD

The Honors College Symposium 17-18: Community Course

Julia Conwell

T 5-7:50pm ACHIEVability

 

Course Description:

TBD