Take a Community-Based Leadership Course

Community-Based Leadership (CBL) courses are offered to undergraduate students from any major who are interested in focusing on civic learning, while developing leadership and directly engaging with the local community.

2013-2014 Course Offerings

General Studies 344: Introduction to Service and Community (offered during Autumn and Winter Quarter)

Tilth - Lisa Taylor

Students in GENST 344 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.

Apply here to receive an add code for Winter 2014.


General Studies 348: Critical Perspectives on Service and Leadership (offered during Winter Quarter)

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.

Questions? Email engage@uw.edu.


General Studies 349: Global Citizenship & Digital Storytelling (offered during Spring Quarter)

Digital Storytelling & Global Citizenship is a three-credit course utilizing the teaching and learning method of Digital Storytelling to examine what it means to be a Global Citizen and the ways in which people are working within local organizations to address social issues with a global impact. Students will work in teams to create a digital story about a local individual and/or community organization, 3 – 5 minutes in length, reflecting a perspective on what it means to be an active Global Citizen. Concepts of service and citizenship will be explored, in addition to developing skill sets for project planning, team work, constructing a story narrative, interviewing, and assembling an online digital video.

The course enrollment will be split between students visiting from Waseda University in Japan and students involved in service and community-engagement projects at the University of Washington, with each storytelling team consisting of members from each university. The course will conclude with a public viewing of the Digital Stories on the UW campus.

Email engage@uw.edu to receive an add code.

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