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Certificate - Community Engagement
UW-Parkside’s certificate in community engagement (formerly called community-based learning) integrates the needs and resources of our communities into the classroom to fulfill clearly articulated learning objectives. The certificate complements all majors and prepares students to be effective leaders and citizens in their communities. Students work with community partner organizations to help address environmental, social, health, economic, and cultural issues through community engagement projects and placements. Approaches to addressing societal changes include capacity building of existing community organizations, developing strategies to effect political policy changes, and the implementation of communication campaigns. Central to all community engagement courses is the transformative act of reflection.
Community engagement classes are formatted to focus on projects, presentations, and/or placement of students, to fulfill the needs of organizations in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, and Northern Illinois. In the past, students have helped to create phone apps for public buses, community gardens to provide fresh produce to local food banks, worked with organizations to build homes, tutor school children, and maintain public waterways and eco-systems, and conceptualized and implemented multi-faceted communication campaigns. Some community engagement classes provide support in research (surveys, focus groups), marketing and public relations, and the design of databases, computer apps, and digital artifacts.
Community-engaged learning experiences strengthen students’ ability to contribute meaningfully to their communities, enhance their professional preparation, and provide relevance to course work. Community-engaged classes are designed to help students:
Become involved in civic affairs by:
*Recognizing community issues that exist locally or globally
*Realizing their commitment to learning about and solving those issues
*Acquiring the skills and knowledge to take action effectively
*Becoming actively engaged.
Participate effectively in dialogue around community issues;
Maximize their learning of concepts presented in the classroom in both major and general education courses;
Understand how knowledge gained in the classroom can be applied to solving practical problems in both the workplace and in the larger community;
Develop skills such as teamwork, problem solving, and public speaking making presentations, both inside and outside of the classroom;
Gain experience in working with diverse groups;
Make relevant professional contacts in the community;
Complete a plan declaration form available online or in the Academic Advising Center. Declarations will be reviewed and approved by the faculty director or the community engagement coordinator.
The certificate requirements include two required courses and three elective courses (at least one three-credit elective at the 300-400 level) that offer community engagement credit.
|CBL 101||Introduction to Community Engagement||3 cr|
|CBL 495||Capstone in Community Engagement*||1 cr|
|101||Introduction to Community Engagement||3 cr|
Prereq: None. Freq: Fall, Spring.
|290||Special Topics in Community Engagement||1-3 cr|
Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
|390||Special Topics in Community Engagement||1-3 cr|
Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
|495||Capstone in Community Engagement||1 cr|
Prereq: CBL 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring.
|499||Independent Study in Community Engagement||1-4 cr|
Prereq: Consent of instructor and department chair. Freq: Occasionally.