Service Learning Course Inventory

School of Liberal Arts

Department of Communication

COM 261 Introduction to Television Production                                                                     cr. 3

Course Instructor: Alex Leidholdt

Service is: Optional

Next taught in: Spring Semester, 1998

Approximate # of students: 26                                               Number of students performing Service: 10

Course Description:

Basic production principles and practices. Emphasis on preplanning and conceptualizing skills in addition to practical production techniques. Departmental consent required to enroll.

How service is integrated into this course:

Students contact interested non-profit agency administrators and work with them to plan, design and produce a fifteen- to twenty-minute television program. The projects must help solve the organizations’ communication problems (e.g., to help train hotline staff for the Lafayette Crisis Center). In the course of planning their projects, students gain a fairly thorough orientation to their clients’ organizations, the clienteles they serve, and the issues they face.

Organizations:

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Wabash Valley, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette

Lafayette Crisis Center

 

COM 353 Problems in Public Relations                                                                           cr. 3

Course Instructor: To be Annouced.

Prerequisite: COM 253

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Spring Semester, 2001                                                  Approximate # of students: 15

Course Description:

Approaches to problems in public relations as they occur in industry, government, education, social agencies, and other institutions.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students meet with non-profit organizations in the Lafayette area, identify a communication goal these organizations wish to achieve, and design a campaign to reach that goal. Students work in teams, meet regularly with their client organizations, and present campaigns for client assessment at the end of the course.

Organizations:

American Red Cross of Tippecanoe County Tippecanoe County Emergency Management

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Wabash Valley Tippecanoe County Health Department

Lafayette Crisis Center Tippecanoe County Legal Aid

 

COM 491 Communication in Health Organizations                                                                cr. 3

Course Instructor: Marifran Mattson

Prerequisite: Admission by consent of instructor only

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Fall Semester, 2000                                                             Approximate # of students: 10

Course Description:

Intensive study of Communication in Health Organizations, varying from semester to semester, from the literature or practice of communication. Course content is drawn from areas not dealt with in the regular curriculum.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Each student spends at least one hour per week volunteering, observing and evaluating the communication patterns within a local health organization. Then each student writes a paper describing these observations and making recommendations. The student is expected to apply what has been learned in this course and throughout his/her academic career to the "real working world."

Organizations:

Arc of Tippecanoe County St. Elizabeth Hospital

Boys & Girls Club YMCA

Community Health Clinic YWCA, Women’s Shelter

Planned Parenthood/Central & Southern Indiana, Inc.

 

Department of Health, Kinesiology, & Leisure Studies

H&S 365 Principles of Community Health Promotion                                                           cr. 3

Course Instructor: Reama Galer-Unti

Prerequisite: H&S 215 or 219, or consent of instructor

Service is: Required.

Next taught in: Fall Semester, 2002                                                      Approximate # of students: 51

Course Description:

Provides an overview of community health promotion, Includes such topics as organization, financing, and delivery of personal health requirements for comprehensive health promotion. These include health care, health education, and health policy.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students complete 10 hours in the community doing a health promotion and report on this in class.

 

H&S 385 Methods of Health Promotion & Education                                                      cr. 3 

Course Instructor: Regina Galer-Unti

Prerequisite: H&S 215, 365, or consent of instructor

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Fall 2002 (every semester)                                                  Approximate # of students: 50

Course Description:

Methods and materials of health promotion and education; preparation and use of content and materials related to health concerns of target populations. A variety of strategies and media are covered with theoretical and practical applications.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students prepare health promotion and educational materials for various target populations using different strategies and media. Students in this course engage in a required service-learning component in which they learn the need of their specific target population. This needs assessment and understanding of their clients are then integrated into the formulation of a semester project designed to improve the health of their target population.

 

H&S 460 Health Screening & Instrumentation                                                                         cr. 3

Course Instructor: Roger Seehafer

Prerequisite: H&S 215, H&S 365, H&S 385, majors only or consent of instructor

Service is: Required.

Next taught in: Fall 2000                                                                            Approximate # of students: 70

Course Description:

Provides student with the basic knowledge and skills in health screening and instrumentation. Includes health risk appraisals, skinfold tests, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, flexibility and fitness testing, and techniques for counseling and feedback sessions.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students learn basic skills in health assessment and screenings and techniques for counseling and feedback. They then design and administer health assessments and screenings to individuals at fourteen Purdue Residence Halls and Purdue Employee Wellness Screenings as well as numerous sites in the Lafayette community. Students are able to demonstrate that they have acquired basic screening skills, and they are able to evaluate programs using real data. They serve 700-800 individuals by providing information about their health risks and what the individuals can do to deal with those risks.

Organizations that sponsor screenings:

Black Cultural Center, Purdue Purdue Residence Halls

Hanna Community Center Subaru-Isuzu Automotive

Lafayette LifeSpan Project Williamsport Senior Citizen’s Center

Purdue Employee Wellness Program Women’s Heart Check Program

   

 

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

SOC 493C EPICS                                                                                                               cr. 3

Course Instructor: To be announced

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Service is: Required

Next taught in: Fall 2000                                                                     Approximate # of students: 7

Course Description:

Together the EPICS courses create a vertical project track under which students work in teams on long-term projects. Each team consists of a mix of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors and will have members from different disciplines. Projects are of at least one year duration. In general, students are expected to participate in a project team for at least two consecutive semesters. Projects are intended to solve real problems, and are defined in consultation with project partners from community agencies.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students work in teams with a community service agency partner to design and develop long-term projects that meet identified agency needs, both technical and evaluative. All students are to be equal members of EPICS teams and contribute leadership, technical knowledge, communication and team-building skills to this process. Each project team meets for a two-hour lab where faculty and TAs provide support and advice, but the team members define and distribute tasks and work with agency representatives to identify and solve problems.

Organizations involved with EPICS Projects using Liberal Arts participants:

Homelessness Prevention Network of Tippecanoe County

Imagination Station

Indiana Division of Families and Children

Tippecanoe County Historical Association

 

 

Department of Foreign Languages & Literature

SPAN 301 Spanish Level V                                                                                                         cr. 3

Course Instructor: Alan Garfinkel

Prerequisite: SPAN 202

Service is: Optional

Next taught in: Fall 2000

Approximate # of students: 200                                           Number of students performing service: 20

Course Description:

Continued development of Spanish speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities, using materials dealing primarily with everyday life and civilization in the Spanish-speaking countries.

How service is integrated into this course:

Students are asked to select from a list of activities that will demonstrate interest in achievement and interest in things Spanish. Some students choose to serve as interpreters for local organizations, and they discuss their experiences with their professor.

Representative Organizations:

Community and Family Resource Center                                     Women Infants & Children (WIC)

 

SPAN 302 Spanish Level VI                                                                                                         cr. 3

Course Instructor: Alan Garfinkel

Prerequisite: SPAN 301

Service is: Optional

Next taught in: Fall 2000

Approximate # of students: 100                                             Number of students performing service: 10

Course Description:

Further work to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities in Spanish on the basis of materials dealing with ideas and events that have shaped the present-day Spanish-speaking countries.

How Service is integrated into this course:

Students are asked to select from a list of activities that will demonstrate interest in achievement and interest in things Spanish. Some students choose to serve as interpreters for local organizations, and they discuss their experiences with their professor.

Organizations:

Community and Family Resource Center Women Infants & Children (WIC)

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