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Kristin Louise Gustafson
BIS 295
Bothell Campus

Community-Based Practice

Links academic study to experiential and community-based learning conducted at on- or off-campus sites. Topics and sites may vary with instructor.

Class description

TEACHING YOUTH JOURNALISM... The course examines the potential of journalism skills in unleashing stories of community youth that might otherwise be untold. Students will study the theory and practice of peer tutoring with the university's writing center and youth in our surrounding communities.

Student learning goals

Fundamental journalism skills of reporting, writing, and media critique

Fundamental peer-editing skills of listening, speaking, reflecting, and analyzing

Fundamental teaching skills of lesson-plan development and student coaching

Fundamental understanding and articulation of tutoring styles and philosophy

Fundamental knowledge of storytelling, youth, and community

General method of instruction

This course rests at the intersection of three areas of learning. Students first learn about the powerful role of journalism in our world and how it helps us tell stories. Second, students learn about learning as they practice peer editing, examine different teaching styles, and create curriculum. And third, students partner with community organizations to work with youth, journalism, and community story telling. A major component of the course entails learning off-campus with a community-based partner, during which time we will not meet on campus.

Recommended preparation

This is a 200-level course without prerequisites or necessary background other than an eagerness to learn, a commitment to excellence, and an investment in community. Students who need help with some writing basics are encouraged to supplement course learning with university services and books on grammar and punctuation.

Class assignments and grading

Students will build on their wide range of backgrounds and educational expertise as they expand their knowledge, understanding, and skills in media literacy, journalism, diversity, community media, and pedagogy. In addition to working closely with the University of Washington Bothell's Writing Center, students will learn through in-class tutorials, role-playing, on-line discussions, class readings, skill building, curriculum development, reflective writing, and their on-site interactions with youth and community organizations.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kristin Louise Gustafson
Date: 06/02/2011