CBL Courses

Community Based Learning offers CBL 100 (fall), CBL 101 (spring), as well as CBL Independent Study opportunities. CBL also supports a number of courses from academic departments as listed below.

Fall 2016

Each fall, Community Based Learning offers CBL 100 as well as Independent Study opportunities. CBL also supports a number of courses from academic departments as listed below.

CBL 100: Introduction to Community Based Learning
EDUC 455: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development
PSYC 413: Community Psychology (By instructor only)
SOC 3030: Social Justices in the Digital Age

First-Year Program Courses with CBL:

Making a Difference: The Role of Active Citizenship in Democracy (CBL)

Instructors: Liz Regosin and Jenny Hansen

Brown College - In this community-based learning course (CBL), where students will devote 2 hours of community service a week in our local community (20 hours total), our guiding question will be: what should a thriving democracy look like?  Faced with challenges such as, high rates of incarceration, an expanding wealth gap, uneven educational experiences, food insecurity, and higher incidents of racialized police brutality, we will examine America’s founding principles and core values to evaluate how well our contemporary democratic institutions meet the needs of a diverse citizenry.  By serving the local community as we explore and debate these contemporary political challenges, this course will push students to reflect on their on role in ensuring the health of these institutions. We hope this experience will push all of us to ask, how can we make a difference? This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement. [CBL]

Peace Begins with Me (CBL)

Instructor: Donna Alvah

Campbell College - In the experiential and community-based learning (CBL) course, we will raise the questions: Is the propensity for violence inherent in humans?  Is war inevitable?  Could studying and practicing ways to resolve conflicts and create a more just society help to bring about a better world for all, or is this a pipe dream?  To answer these questions, we will read books by scholars and practitioners about peace, non-violence, and compassion, and consider religious and secular moral doctrines advocating alternatives to violence.  We'll scrutinize examples of nonviolent social and political movements and consider advice for resolving conflicts at the interpersonal to international levels and building a positive peace.  Experiential components of our course will have us practicing mindfulness, meditation, and engaging in other contemplative exercises as means for achieving self-understanding and personal tranquility as well as compassion for and peaceful relationships with others. This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement. [CBL]

Impactful Leadership: Theory and Practice (CBL)

Instructors: Marianna Locke and Eliza VanKirk

Reiff College - Leadership involves influence. The modern view sees leadership more as a process of mobilizing a group toward a common goal than a set of inborn traits. Throughout the course, we will explore leadership theory and discuss how it applies to real life situations in our ever-changing world. Leadership topics to be explored include self-confidence, motivation, vision, integrity, and overcoming adversity. Clearly communicating a message through public-speaking, prose, or modern media is essential to influencing others and will be focused upon in the course. In addition to reading texts, you will participate in various writing assignments, group projects, and public speaking. Students will then get to practice their leadership skills through a community based learning (CBL) component. The CBL component means that in addition to coursework, students will dedicate 2 hours per week outside of class to serve a group in the local community (last year’s students worked with school children, senior citizens, and adults with developmental disabilities, as well as at local organic farms). The intent of the CBL component is to provide you with the opportunity to engage more deeply with the course material by observing leadership and testing out theories in a practical setting. This course is meant to help current and aspiring leaders gain a better understanding of effective leadership and to provide the tools necessary to bring out leadership qualities in all students. This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement. [CBL]