Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Classes you may be interested in!

Here are some classes that may interest you as a student who is involved with or curious about community-based engagement:

2017-18 Course Offerings

Winter 2018

GEN Studies 344A: Are Do-Gooders Doing Good?

Are you committed to giving back? Trying to make a difference? Want to get more out of your volunteer experience and make a stronger impact in the community? During Winter Quarter, we invite you to join in a critical reflection on what it truly means to “do good” in today’s social-cultural climate.

General Studies 344 will offer a hands-on opportunity to explore the concept of civic engagement. Students will critically reflect on their own service experiences through the lens of identity theories, engage with principles of community work, and learn from the experiences of community leaders. In addition to those perspectives, the course will draw upon current issues/events affecting various communities at large, as well as students’ involvement in service and will weave these together with elements of other academic coursework and future academic/career goals.

The course has a required service-learning component; students are encouraged to utilize current service commitments toward this requirement, though individualized support will be offered to those looking for a service opportunity. This is a three-credit course that is offered as credit/no credit.  Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 3:30-5:20PM in Mary Gates Hall.

Those interested in the course should email with questions and/or to request an add code.

GEN Studies 350: Private and Public Sector Internships

General Studies 350 is a mechanism for earning credit for the learning associated with an internship experience. Click here to learn more>>

General Studies 350, “Independent Fieldwork,” is only one option for University of Washington students interested in earning academic credit for integrating an internship experience with academic work. Many academic departments also offer credit mechanisms for internships (e.g. ENGL 491, Internship) so students should check with academic advisers to decide which course is most appropriate.

Before pursuing GEN ST 350 credits, please read over the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, especially concerning: “Do I need to enroll in GEN ST 350?” and “Is academic credit legally required for an unpaid internship?

PUBPOL 344: Non-Profits, Philanthropy, and Social Innovation

Mondays & Wednesdays
8:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
4 Credits
Instructor: Erica Mills
Open to all UW undergraduate students

How can nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations most effectively produce positive social change? In this course, you will uncover the key issues facing social sector organizations and investigate the operational, managerial, and policy approaches that social sector leaders can take to advance their mission and increase their impact. Registration is open – click here to see the course on the time schedule >>

EDUC 401: UW Pipeline Project Seminars

Participate in a weekly seminar and tutor for at least 2.5 hours a week at a Seattle school or community organization! All of our courses are I & S credits, and are listed under EDUC 401. The number of credits depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance. Seminars are a fantastic opportunity to learn about issues in public education and tutoring strategies, while reflecting and learning from your tutoring site.

Click here to see the list of seminars for Winter Quarter >>

EDUC 260/360/369: UW Dream Project

The Dream Project connects UW students with underrepresented high-school students to work through the college admissions process. The class is open to any University of Washington undergraduate or graduate student. In the class, we learn about different aspects of the admissions process, invite expert guests to speak (like admissions counselors from UW and other colleges), and discuss matters related to social justice and college access. Each student is expected to visit a high school at least once a week to work with high school students. We visit our 13 partner schools once a week and we’ll work with you to find a school that works for your schedule. Transportation will be provided by the Dream Project.

Click here to learn more >>

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