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Current CBL Courses in the College

Winter Quarter 19-20 CBL Courses

Mobilizing the Scientific Method (Bio 305)

Students 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.

This course is taught by Karen Kabnick, PhD, and Magdalene Moy. Students meet Monday from 4:00 - 5:40 p.m. and Friday from 1:00 to 2:50 p.m. in PISB 214.

Fall Quarter 19-20 CBL Courses

CIVC 101, First-Year Civic Engagement Course

This course is designed to help students develop skills as active participants in a pluralistic, democratic society through direct service, education, and reflection opportunities. The one-credit course covers key concepts and frameworks for understanding civic engagement, including: models of civic life through America's history; critiques of philanthropy, volunteerism, community service, public service, and political activism; university-community relations; and public service leadership. Through the course, students will strengthen critical thinking skills regarding myriad social issues in the context of active civic participation. Students will also enhance their learning through structured discussion and reflective learning assignments.

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Connections in Life Sciences (BIO T280-001)

Connections in Life Sciences is a new open enrollment course designed and intended to allow students to build connections with fundamental biology and their community which together will develop their future professional and personal pursuits. Each week a new insight into genetics that ranges from plants to the human brain will give students the opportunity to learn and to share that knowledge with the Philadelphia community. 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 lecture on campus and one meeting will be at a partnered elementary school with the instructor and Drexel students leading an 8 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 elementary school that week, researching real world applications of that technique, and identifying careers which would utilize that technique or concept. Students will gain an introduction to civic engagement, benefit from community based learning practices and connect their Drexel course material to the bigger picture in their lives.

This course is taught by Monica Togna, PhD and meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm - 4:50 p.m. Meetings will occur at Alain Locke Elementary as well as on campus.

Prison, Society and You (CJS 261-001)

This course utilizes the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program to explore the relationship between individuals and the prison system. The Inside-Out Prison 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 and this course seek to deepen the conversation- and transform ways of thinking about crime and justice (Crabbe, Pompa, 2004). 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).

This course is taught by Cyndi Rickards, EdD. It meets Thursdays from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at both the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and Drexel's University City campus.

Nonprofit Communication (COM 376-900)

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). Questions of interest are: What is the nature of a nonprofit organization? How are nonprofit organizations governed? Who are the various stakeholders in a nonprofit’s community? What particular and unique kinds of formal communications do nonprofits engage in?

This is an online course taught by Lawrence Souder, PhD

Critical Reasoning (PHIL 105-006)

Critical Reasoning introduces and develops the skills involved in reasoning effectively about experience, and being able to distinguish strong arguments from weak ones. This course utilizes the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Drexel students will travel each week to the jail to meet with the other half of the class, men who are incarcerated. Collectively, Drexel and incarcerated students will learn critical reasoning as colleagues for the ten-week term.

This course is taught by Stacey Ake, PhD. The course meets Thursdays from 12:30 - 3:20 p.m. at both the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and Drexel's University City campus.

Story Medicine (WRIT 215-001)

This is a Community Based Learning Course in Fiction Writing and Collaborative Creative Processes. Students go to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to perform in the Ryan Seacrest T.V. studio. Drexel Students write, perform and produce live shows for patients. Students will always use a teleprompter, so no memorization is necessary. Students regularly interact with patients who come down to participate in the Story Medicine show. All writing 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.

This course is taught by Nomi Eve, PhD. Students meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Explore all CBL Courses at the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement