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Service-Learning and Community Engagement Lab

Learning outcomes: The laboratory based on the methodology of service learning intends to favour an experiential learning (learning) and involves active engagement (service) within the community and work on a concrete problem identified in the context of a partnership between universities and community organizations / territorial services. At the end of the activity the student is able to conduct a context analysis in a real world setting, has experienced group work, knows the basic elements of the design of an intervention, has developed critically skills.

The course includes the following activities: Illustration of principles, concepts and methods of service learning: community engagement, service, experiential learning; Meeting with community stakeholders and illustration of the service learning opportunities available in the community; Service Learning, experience in the field. Getting familiar with the context, the design of the interventions, their implementation and their assessment; Group and individual supervision and consultation; Public presentation of the experience to community stakeholders

Readings/Bibliography: References will be provided at the beginning and during the S-L activity, depending on the specific of the S-L project that students will develop.

Teaching methods: 2 hours in the classroom (1 meeting), 20 hours of engagement in local services, 1 hour supervision, 3 hours in the classroom (final meeting public presentation of the experience to community stakeholders) Service-Learning integrates the traditional learning with a “community engagement” experience on real-world issues through fieldwork. Methods used will be the following: short lectures, small group work, guided discussions, group supervision, and dissemination with local stakeholders.

Country: Italy

Year: 2019

Institution: Alma Mater Studorium University of Bologna

# of students: 20

Interaction with beneficiaries: Face-to-face

Academic Degree: Undergraduate and Master Degree

Discipline(s): Open to different disciplines areas

Community Service Area & SDGs: Quality education