Introduction to Sociology

Project Info
Instructor: 
Rohan de Silva
Course Number: 
Social Science 203
Most recent project completion date: 
May 21, 2010
Number of Students that participated: 
75
Total number of service hours completed by class: 
1500
Community need or issue addressed by the Service-Learning project: 
Poverty (Hunger, Housing, Homelessness, Community and Economic Development, Employment)**
Youth/Education (Youth Development, At-risk Youth, mentoring, tutoring, primary/secondary Education)**
English as a Second Language/ Adult Basic Education
Senior Citizen Services
Special Needs Support for the Disabled

This class used the placement model and students were given an option to choose one of about ten community organizations that they could perform their service-learning experience with.  Some of the poverty issues that were addressed were at-risk youth, community and economic development, education, English as a second language, homelessness, hunger, senior citizen services, special needs support for the disabled, tutoring, & youth development.  Students performed various types of service-learning with the following organizations: Hunger Task Force, Growing Power, Repairers of the Breach, Latino Community Center, Servant Manor, Journey House, Milwaukee Public Schools, & Daystar Women’s Shelter.

 

 

The Learning Objectives of the project: 
Understanding social stratification by race, ethnicity, and social class.
The problems of urban poverty.
The relationship between the social institution of education and social class stratification.
The social organization of not-for-profit social service agencies.
Development of college skills such as written communication and work prioritization.
Which of these Service Learning Models was used?: 
Placement Model (Student placed at an agency)
Types of assessment tools used to document and share lessons learned: 
Class discussion
Other, Please describe:
Other: 
Test essay questions.
Which MATC Core Abilities were met?: 
Communicate Effectively
Collaborate with Others
Respect Diversity
Demonstrate Responsibility
Think Critically
Demonstrate Environmental Responsibility
Embrace Change
AHA moments – transformational experiences reported, comments, lessons, suggestions for others, etc.: 
For many students, this was their first and only experience with people, especially with children, with less social advantages and privileges so the proverbial "ah-ha" moment came when they realized that their FOX News induced stereotypes were not realistic.