What is a community-based learning course?

In community-based learning (CBL) courses, experiences with an off-campus community are deeply integrated with classroom learning, course assignments, and learning outcomes.  CBL courses involve significant participation in a community or interaction with community issues, concerns, or needs.  This participation typically goes beyond simply observation or field trips to educational institutions like museums, botanical gardens, or zoos.  The emphasis in all CBL courses will be on promoting learning through interaction with off-campus communities.  Although direct or indirect service will often be a component of CBL courses, this will not always be the case.  Many independent studies and academic internships are community-based learning courses, as are many of the courses taken through Lawrence's off-campus study programs.

Community-based learning courses in 2015-16

The courses listed below had significant community-based learning content in previous years.  Check with the instructor to learn about community-based learning content in 2015-16.  If you know of any other courses that should be added to this list, please notify Professor Mark Jenike so that he can update the list.

In addition, to the courses listed below, many Education courses (EDUC) and Music Education and Pedagogy (MUEP) courses are necessarily community-based because they involve work in K-12 classrooms.  Enrollment in community-based EDUC and MUEP courses is typically limited to students in the teacher education of teaching certification program.

Fall term

  • MUIN 305: Viola
  • PSYC 180/ EDST 180: Psychology of learning
  • PSYC 260: Developmental Psychology

Winter term

  • BIOL 650: Biology senior capstone
  • EDST 350: Ethnicity, cultural diversity, and education
  • GEOL 620: Senior capstone in geology
  • MUIN 305: Viola
  • PSYC 451: Field experience in clinical psychology

Spring term

  • ANTH 210: Research methods in cultural anthropology
  • BIOL 650: Biology senior capstone
  • CHEM 252: Organic chemistry II
  • EDST 440: Sociology of education
  • GOVT 380: Introduction to public policy
  • PSYC 260: Developmental Psychology
  • UNIC 160: The practice of community in Appleton

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