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Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Take a Community-Based Leadership Course

Community-Based Leadership (CBL) courses are offered to undergraduate students from any major who are interested in civic engagement & public service and want to gain the skills and knowledge that are key to engaging with the local community.

2015-2016 Course Offerings

General Studies 297 B: Introduction to Service and Community
(offered during Winter Quarter; 2 credits)

Tilth - Lisa Taylor

Students in GENST 297 learn about community gardening from Lisa Taylor at Seattle Tilth.

Many UW students are interested in exploring service and volunteer opportunities in Seattle; however, it can be difficult to know where to get involved, how to find a good fit, and how to most effectively work in a community-based setting.  How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community is a three-credit service-learning course that will offer a basic foundation on community service for students in their first or second year at the UW.  Through participating in a quarter-long service-learning commitment, visiting local non-profit organizations, and participating in in-class discussions, readings, and activities students will gain a deeper understanding of the wide array of ways they can most effectively partner with their local community and integrate a commitment to service into their academic and professional futures.

General Studies 348: Critical Perspectives on Service and Community Engagement (offered during Winter Quarter; 3 credits)

Critical Perspectives on Service and Community Engagement is a three-credit course that will offer a hands-on opportunity tstudentso explore the concept of civic engagement.  Students will critically reflect on their own service experiences through the lens of several leadership theories, engage with principles of community work, and learn from the experiences of community leaders.  The course will draw heavily on students’ involvement in service and will weave these together with elements of other academic coursework and future academic/career goals.