RCSSCI 488 - Organizing Internship
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
With permission of department.
Lab Fee:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May not be repeated for credit.

Students serve as "organizing interns" with a community organization for a minimum of 10 hours per week. They may accept one of the placements arranged by the instructor, or develop their own internship or project in close consultation with the instructor. Appropriate projects require mobilizing the participation of others to achieve measurable organizing outcomes by the end of the semester. This focus on community organizing distinguishes this course from most other service-learning courses on campus, which tend to focus on community service. Students must be concurrently enrolled in SOC 489.

Course Requirements:

1-2 page reflection papers weekly starting week 3. Sample questions are included in the syllabus for SOC 489. Reflection papers must include a brief update on project activities and progress for the week. More information on reflection papers will be provided in Week 2. 15-20 minute presentations that include some background on the project, how the project fits in (or doesn’t fit in) to the readings for that week, and some questions they would like to put to the class for input. Students will develop a handout to accompany their in-class presentation. Students will meet with the instructor the Monday before their in-class presentation to discuss the presentation. Students should arrive at that meeting with a plan for the presentation and a draft handout for the class. A sign-up sheet for the presentations will be distributed during the second week of class.

Intended Audience:

Juniors and seniors, especially in the social or behavioral sciences, who seek an opportunity to apply social science concepts to real world problem-solving and social change.

Class Format:

10 hours/week outside the classroom organizing their community partners.

RCSSCI 488 - Organizing Internship
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