AST-250: TRVL Service in Cambodia

 

This travel course combines study of contemporary Cambodia and working on service projects. Service projects include such things as working at an elephant forest conservation project and teaching in schools. Field trips explore places like Phnom Penh, Angkor Temples and the forest/jungle of Mondulkiri.

 

 

 

CDIS-260: TRVL Service Learning Latin America

 

Experiential learning, self-reflection, reading, writing, and discussion are used to foster an understanding  of cross-cultural differences in educational approaches and the broad impact of language-learning differences (e.g., bilingualism, language disorders) on children's educational outcomes. Students work   with children in community-based educational programs. Open to non-majors. Previous coursework            in Spanish is recommended.

 

 

 

CHEM-360: Environmental Chemistry Field Experience

 

Environmental Chemistry Field Experience and Modeling takes place at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic   Research Laboratory (SNARL). This course deepens understanding of natural systems, including    chemical analysis of lakes, soils, and atmosphere; there is a GIS and mapping component.  The final   project consists of a comprehensive model of the study site.

 

 

 

CSAC-360A: Into the Streets

 

Students serve a variety of non-profit agencies which may include service at shelters, animal rescue sanctuaries, trail clean-ups, schools and food drives. The course schedule varies depending on service needs. Groups may be participating evening and weekends.

 

 

 

CSAC-361A: Ropes Course Leadership

 

This course trains UofR students to facilitate trust and team building exercises through low ropes activities to group visiting campus.

 

 

 

 

 

CSAC-363A: Community and Urban Gardens

 

Students will explore the benefits and challenges of farming and landscaping in city environments. Duties will include planting, weeding, harvesting, composting, irrigation systems, vermiculture and watering. All requisite training will be provided on-site either by the garden coordinator or student employees. Students will also participate in off-campus outreach events.

 

 

 

 

 

CSAC-364A: Community Coaching Skills

 

Community Coaching Skills provides students with the opportunity to practice coaching techniques with local youth in the community, work in a fun and dynamic group setting, and begin to develop and mold individual coaching styles.  Course typically meets in the afternoons Monday-Friday.

 

 

 

CSAC-365B: Spring Break Plunge

 

This in-country travel course takes place during spring break. It is a seven (7) day service outreach trip typically focused on serving in a disaster zone or areas with a critical need. Pre- and post-trip   meetings are required.

 

 

 

CSAC-366B: Bulldogs Football in Service

 

This course is for members of the football team who attend an intensive service outreach trip during May Break.

 

 

 

 

 

EVST-350: Environmental Design Studio II

 

Students work collaboratively in teams on environmental problem-solving projects. Many studios make use of GIS and other spatial analysis tools. Research concepts and tools become more complex in advanced levels of this sequence.

 

 

 

PHIL-121: Animal Ethics & Service

 

An introduction to animal ethics incorporating philosophical readings, films, discussions, writing  reflections, and hands-on experience volunteering for a variety of animal organizations. There are occasional weekend field-trips to animal rescues.

 

 

 

EVST-250: Environmental Design Studio I

 

Students work collaboratively in teams on environmental problem-solving projects. Many studios make    use of GIS and other spatial analysis tools. Research concepts and tools become more complex in   advanced levels of this sequence.

 

 

 

FS – 100.09: Connecting to the Wild - Wilderness, Leadership and Adventure

 

This seminar focuses on the concepts of wilderness, leadership, and adventure as context for exploring growth and development.  As a WA course, students will dedicate time developing both their formal and informal writing as a way of exploring ideas and understanding the many topics covered   in the classroom.   Additionally, this course will offer opportunities for experiential education through hands-on outdoor experiences.

 

 

 

FS – 100.11: Sowing the Seeds of Community Resilience: Engaging in Civic Ecology Practices

 

Civic ecology is the study of community-driven environmental stewardship practices, their outcomes for individuals, communities, and ecosystems, and their interactions with the governance institutions and social-ecological systems in which they take place. Civic ecology practices—such as community    gardening, wetlands restoration, and tree planting—are just a few examples of ways for people to     express resilience within communities.

 

 

 

 

 

FS – 100.23: The Brave New World: Harnessing the Power of Digital Imaging

 

This seminar explores the features of Lightroom, the cataloging and global correction software of choice  for professional photographers, and Photoshop, an amazing tool for optimizing your images. We will  fashion our own designs and discover even more sophisticated features of Photoshop such as high   dynamic range and panoramas. We will learn to take better portraits and explore some unique ways to create images. In addition, we will use our photographic skills to serve a number of non-profit organizations in the area. Overall, the emphasis will be on creativity and working with others.  Hands-on   will be the primary mode of learning.

 

 

 

FS – 100.32: Mother Goose, Dr. Seuss, and Once Upon A Time

 

So you think you would like to be an elementary school teacher? Well, here’s the course for you! At its  core, the class is a performance class in speech because teachers talk a lot. Teachers also do a lot of juggling—and so we’ll practice that art as well—we’ll see how curricular demands imposed upon the teacher shape their teaching, and how understanding how children learn helps organize class materials      to meet these goals. We’ll embrace the rich anchoring role of children’s literature and we’ll grapple with     a host of pedagogical tools the teacher needs to perfect in order to enhance student learning. Mother  Goose students typically intern at Franklin Elementary in the fall—to see how theory is applied and     theory  is practiced and what happens to theory when real live kids are filtered into the mix!

 

 

 

LBST-201: Studies in Education

 

Specific content varies. An introduction to research, educational philosophy and practice as it relates to specific subject matter areas. This course allows students the opportunity to relate their own educational experiences and knowledge of disciplinary subject matter to their developing philosophy of education. Community service component included.

 

 

 

REST-325: Race & Criminal Justice Policy

 

This class will examine how race and gender affect our criminal justice policies at different points in   policy-making and implementation, including arrest, trial, sentencing as well as the broad effects our criminal justice policies have on our communities, families and ideas of race and citizenship.

 

 

 

SALZ 240: Austria in Europe

 

History, Identity, Remembrance. This course is designed to introduce students to the history, culture, and economics of Austria and its place in Europe from early settlement to the present day. We will study Austria‘s role in the Roman  Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Austria-Hungary, World Wars I and II, the Soviet Empire and Austria‘s eventual membership in the European Union. Extensive travel around Austria, Europe, and the Balkans complements in-class work.  Service outreach at local non-profits are included.

 

 

 

ACCT-360: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

 

Topics in Federal and California income tax regulations for filing basic income tax returns. Introduction to issues of   providing volunteer service. Experiential learning is required through a community service component.

 

 

 

LBST-201: Studies in Education

 

Specific content varies. An introduction to research, educational philosophy and practice as it relates to specific subject matter areas. This course allows students the opportunity to relate their own educational experiences and knowledge of disciplinary subject matter to their developing philosophy of education. Community service component included.

 

 

 

EVST-325: Public Lands Management

 

Overview of the origins and history of public lands in the U.S. (National Parks, National Forests, Bureau of Land Management lands, and others). Exploration of policies governing public lands and historic and current management practices. Controversial issues on public lands will be examined and debated as will compromises and solutions.

 

 

 

REL-250: Compassion

 

The Compassion course explores what it means to live a life of compassion.  We study the compassion teachings of the world's religions, with a focus on such great exemplars as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Viktor Frankl, and poet Mary Oliver.  Students apply the compassion teachings to everyday life, as well as practice them within a community service site.  Past examples include a safe house for homeless teenagers, hospice care for the dying, tutoring for children with autism, shelters for abandoned animals, older adults in nursing homes, a facility for medically fragile children, and many other service locations.

 

 

 

 

 

SOAN-324: Hunger & Homelessness-America

 

This course explores the social, economic, and political causes of homelessness and hunger in the      United States, mainly as a consequence of severe poverty. It combines classroom study with field experiences and community service work in outside agencies dedicated to addressing this social problem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AST-250 TRVL: Service in Cambodia

 

This travel course combines study of contemporary Cambodia and working on service projects. Service projects include   such things as working at an elephant forest conservation project and teaching in  schools. Field trips explore places like Phnom Penh, Angkor Temples and the forest/jungle of Mondulkiri.

 

 

 

 

 

CDIS-260 TRVL: Service Learning Latin America

 

Experiential learning, self-reflection, reading, writing, and discussion are used to foster an understanding  of cross-cultural differences in educational approaches and the broad impact of language-learning differences (e.g., bilingualism, language disorders) on children's educational outcomes. Students work  with children in community-based educational programs. Open to non-majors. Previous coursework in Spanish is recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVST-250: Environmental Design Studio I

 

Students work collaboratively in teams on environmental problem-solving projects. Many studios make    use of GIS and other spatial analysis tools. Research concepts and tools become more complex in   advanced levels of this sequence.