CBL Courses

Community Based Learning offers CBL 100 (fall), CBL 101 (spring), as well as CBL Independent Study opportunities. CBL also supports a number of courses from academic departments as listed below.

Spring 2016


FRPG-2051: Castillo, J
Getting Bodied-Gender & Sex w/CBL (1.5 Credits)

STUDENTS SELECT THEIR CBL PLACEMENT ONLINE: https://www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/community-placement-preference-form-frpg2051-getting-bodied

T/TH 10:10 AM - 12:20 PM
Owen D Young Library 125B

Have you noticed the All Genders bathrooms on campus lately? What about our contemporary and historical body politics led to this significant change on campus? Or, what about the emergence of the Black Lives Matters movement? The very public "coming out" of Caitlyn Jenner that seems to have eclipsed black trans activism, ignited by the incarceration of CeCe McDonald, and led by figures such as Laverne Cox (from Orange is the New Black)? Do all bodies matter? We will study the body as the target of shifting race, gender, class, and sexual meanings and struggles, and as the product of complex social processes, including culture, science, medicalization, objectification, commodification, and globalization. While primarily focusing on the U.S., this course has a strong comparative focus emphasizing transnational linkages and globalization. Through the use of literature, essays, film, popular culture, and social science research, we will draw upon body scholarship from gender and sexuality studies, critical race theory, and queer studies to critically explore these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will further develop their research and communication skills by collaborating on group projects based on body-related issues that engage our community.

FRPG-2055: Farkas, D
What's Great About Outoor Education w/CBL (1.5 Credits)

T 10:10 AM - 1:10 PM
TH 10:10 AM - 11:40 AM
Augsbury Physical Educ. Center 125

STUDENTS MUST SELECT THEIR CBL PLACEMENT PREFERENCES ONLINE: https://www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/community-placement-preference-form-frpg2055-whats-great-about-outdoor

This course is equivalent to a 100 level Outdoor Studies course This course includes an experiential learning component known as Community Based Learning (CBL). The CBL component will require students to participate in a community placement, outside of class time, on a weekly basis throughout the semester; on average students can expect to spend up to/at least two hours per week in the community. Click on the link to learn more about Community Based Learning. The term Outdoor Education (OE) has been applied to a wide range of programs including international service learning expeditions, white water rafting trips, high ropes course sessions, geology or ecology field trips and many more. Advertising pamphlets are littered with terms like character building, leadership, and environmental stewardship. A perceptive critic, however, might wonder: how does an environmental steward reconcile the carbon footprint of transporting their class great distances; does cheering-on a peer to climb higher instill confidence or just strengthen the imperative to listen to peer-pressure; or, what does taking students outside offer that the classroom does not? In this FYS, students are expected to engage in non-traditional classroom exercises, many of which will take place outside during the winter months. These exercises will give students first-hand experience with current OE practices. The course's CBL component, volunteering in local schools, will give students first-hand experience with current practices in more traditional education. Research, discussions and first-hand experience will give students the tools needed to critique outdoor education and to find if it has a place alongside more traditional education. The capstone project for this course is to design and implement an outdoor education program in a local school. [CBL]

FRPG-2065: Labarge, E
Art as Therapy w/CBL (1.5 Credits)

T/TH 12:00 PM - 2:10 PM
EJ Noble University Center 100

STUDENT MUST SELECT THEIR CBL PLACEMENT PREFERENCES ONLINE: https://www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/community-placement-preference-form-frpg2065-art-therapy

This course includes an experiential learning component known as Community Based Learning (CBL). The CBL component will require students to participate in a community placement, outside of class time, on a weekly basis throughout the semester; on average students can expect to spend up to/at least two hours per week in the community. Click on the link to learn more about Community Based Learning. The developing field of Art Therapy merges the study of art and psychology to act as a supplemental tool in the treatment of individuals suffering from an array of differing circumstances. This course will examine the use of art as a therapeutic tool for helping people resolve conflicts, reduce negative stress, improve interpersonal skills, manage problematic behaviors, and achieve personal insights. There will be a studio component to the course where we will participate in expressive therapy projects and conduct correlating research projects that focus on detailed case studies. We will inspect specific techniques used by practicing art therapist such as the Diagnostic Drawing Series, The Touch Drawing, Mandala Assessment, HTP, and Collaborative Collage and how these methods benefit adolescence, individuals suffering from PTSD, brain trauma victims, cancer patients, dementia, etc. The Visual Arts will be the focus of the seminar but we will also be discussing Dance and Music therapy. Research projects that involve other forms of expressive arts therapy may be sufficient for the student's research project if approved. [CBL]



CBL-101: Regosin, E
Leadership & CiviC Engagement (0.5 Credits)

T 2:20 PM - 3:50 PM
Carnegie Hall 207

STUDENT SELECT THEIR CBL PLACEMENT ONLINE: https://www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/community-placement-preference-form-cbl-101-1-leadership-and-civic

This .5 unit course examines notions of leadership in the context of service to one's community. We will look at examples of leadership in action and address leadership theories. In the spirit of community based learning, students will be volunteering in the community two hours weekly over the course of the semester.

EDUC-3006: Williams, S
Multicultural Education (1 Credits)

M/W 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
*CBL component: Wednesday, 1:30pm-6:00pm (optional, every other week)
Atwood Hall 106

In this course, students explore both theory and practice for education in a multicultural society. The course addresses questions such as: What is culture? Can we really have an objective point of view? How does the right to difference relate to the right to equity in schooling? Can teaching be indifferent to matters of social class, gender, ethnicity or exceptionality? How do society's views on multiculturalism impact educational equity? How do these questions and answers impact you as a teacher? Focus topics include; Individual attitudes and interpersonal relations; Prejudice; Cultural foundations of oppression in America; Confronting oppression; Pluralism in schools; Culturally responsive teaching, and Critical Race Theory. The course offers a specific focus on the experience of Native Americans in mainstream schools. In addition, the course includes an OPTIONAL CBL component at the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation which will take place every other Weds. from 1:30pm-6:00pm.

EDUC-455: Bish, F
Lang Acquisition & Literacy Development/Curriculum w/CBL (1 Credits)

W 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Atwood Hall 22

A multidisciplinary consideration of the ways young people learn the language arts (speaking, reading, writing and listening) across the subject matter disciplines. This course addresses language acquisition and literacy development for students who are native English speakers and students who are English language learners. A field experience in the public schools is required. Students must register for one of the 1.5-hour CBL labs to complete the field experience.

ENG-243: Cowser, R
Techniq Creative Non-Fiction (1 Credits)

W 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

An introductory study of basic technical problems and formal concepts of the literary essay. Students read and write essays on various topics, including travel, personal experience, landscape, natural science and politics. Weekly written exercises and student essays are read aloud and discussed in class. Also offered through Outdoor Studies.

HIST-103: Regosin, E
U.S. to 1877 w/CBL (1 Credits)

F 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Riverview Correctional Facilty, Ogdensburg, NY.

PERMISSION ONLY COURSE taught off campus at Riverview Correctional Facilty,Ogdensburg, NY. Additional details from instructor. This course will bring students from inside and outside together to survey the creation and development of American society from the European invasions and settlement of North America to the reconstruction period at the close of the Civil War. While the course follows the chronological development of and changes in American society, it also considers, in some depth, the major ideas and social movements that gave shape to the nation through primary and secondary sources. Topics include Puritans, the American Revolution, slavery, the Great Awakening, federalism, sectionalism, the Civil War and Reconstruction drawing on the racial and ethnic diversity of the American experience.

PHIL-100: Jaima, A
Intro to Philosophy w/CBL (1 Credits)

M/W 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Piskor Hall 15

STUDENT SELECTS CBL PLACEMENT PREFERENCE ONLINE: https://www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/community-placement-preference-form-phil100-intro-philosophy

A non-historical survey that approaches the field through consideration of such perennial problems as ultimate reality, free will, knowledge, morality, political obligation and the existence of God. This course is open to students without previous work in philosophy.

PSYC-413: Crosby-Currie, C
Community Psychology (1 Credits)

M 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Flint Hall 207

This seminar-internship course has two objectives: to provide an introduction to some basic issues, concepts and methods in community psychology; and to offer experiential learning through an internship placement in a community setting (approximately 80 hours over the course of the semester). Topics include the ecological perspective, stress and coping, and prevention and evaluation research. Possible internships include Headstart, nursing homes, crisis intervention centers and mental health-related hospital units; a small number of students may participate in a community research project as their internship.

SOC-246: Rohlfsen McManus, L
What So Bad about Aging w/CBL (1 Credits)

T/TH 2:20 PM - 3:50 PM
Piskor Hall 214

STUDENTS MUST SELECT THEIR CBL PLACEMENT PREFERENCES ONLINE: https://www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/community-placement-preference-form-soc246-whats-so-bad-about-aging

This course examines the impact of aging on individuals and society, as well as the reactions of individuals and societies to aging. Theories and research on aging will be discussed, as well as the social, demographic, economic, historical, cultural, political, and health factors related to the aging process. Topics include diversity in the aging experience, housing and long term care, health care, social support networks, interpersonal relationships, work and retirement, leisure, and death and dying. A Community Based Learning component is integrated with the course material to facilitate a thorough understanding of aging in society. This course fulfills the Experiential Component requirement for majors.


Fall 2015

Each fall, Community Based Learning offers CBL 100 as well as Independent Study opportunities. CBL also supports a number of courses from academic departments as listed below.

CBL 100: Community Based Learning/Civic Engagement

Instructor: Elizabeth Regosin
Day/Time: Tuesday's, 2:20pm - 3:50 pm
Location: Piskor 19

Enrolled Student: Select Placement via Student Preference Form
Half- unit class that introduces students to the notion of civic engagement. We’ll focus on what it means to be an engaged member of a community, why it matters, and what obligations we might have to make the world, from the local community outward, a better place. And what more productive way to learn about that than actually to engage in the community?  Students in CBL 100 can expect to complement class readings and discussions of civic engagement through community placements requiring 2-3 hours per week throughout the semester. The culminating project for CBL 100 will be a presentation at the Festival of Community-Based Learning. Community placement themes may include schools, farms, our county correctional facility, local agencies that serve community needs, work with the elderly, local meal programs, and more.

EDUC 455: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development

Instructor: Faith Bish
Day/Time: Wednesday's, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Atwood 31
Enrolled Students: complete Student Profile Form

EDUC 3002: Museum Education

Instructor: Sharon Williams
Day/Time: Tuesday's/Thursday's, 10:10am - 11:40am

Location: Atwood 34
Enrolled Students: complete Student Profile For

ENG 222: Multi-Ethnic Literature

Instructor: Penny Vlagopoulos
Day/Time: Wednesday's, 10:45am - 4:00pm

Location: OFF CAMPUS - Upstate Correctional Facility, Malone, NY
Enrolled Students: complete Student Profile Form

ENG/ENVS/GS 293: A Literary Harvest

Instructor: Natalia Singer
Day/Time: Monday's/Wednesday's, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Location: Richardson 301
Enrolled Students:  Select Placement via Student Preference Form

PHIL 223: Asian Philosophy

Instructor: Erin McCarthy
Day/Time: Monday/Wednesday, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: CH 18
Enrolled Students: Select Placement via Student Preference Form


PSYC 413: Community Psychology (By instructor only)

Instructor: Cathy Crosby-Currie
Day/Time: Monday's, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Flint 207
Enrolled Students: complete Student Profile Form

SOC 3030: Social Justices in the Digital Age

Instructor: Stephen Barnard
Day/Time: Tuesday's/Thurday's, 2:20pm - 3:50pm

Location: Piskor 101
Enrolled Students: complete Student Profile Form

First Year Program ONLY Courses:

BROWN COLLEGE - Making a Difference: The Role of Active Citizenship in Democracy

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Regosin, Jennifer Hansen
Enrolled Students: Select Placement via Student Preference Form
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HERRICK COLLEGE: The Declaration of INTERdependence

Enrolled Students: Select Placement via Student Preference Form
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REIFF COLLEGE: Developing the Leader Within: What Makes a Leader?

Enrolled Students: Select Placement via Student Preference Form
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