Service Learning Courses
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Service Learning courses are credit-based educational experiences. In order for a
course to be designated as service learning it should meet our guidelines
Designate Your Course
Faculty members may designate their course as a service learning course at the University
of New Orleans. Faculty members will need to provide information of their course and
affiliated community partnerships/organizations.
Enroll in a Course
Students in any major or department may participate in a Service Learning (SL) course.
Service Learning courses are excellent opportunities to apply course content and classroom
learning in a meaningful environment. In Service Learning courses, service activities
are imbedded into the course curriculum. These courses are designated with a specific
section number and include general education courses, courses within a student’s discipline,
internship courses, or capstone projects. All Service Learning courses include at
least 25 hours of engaged service activities that meet a community need and required
reflection assignments or activities. In addition, students in these courses have
access to the Student Service Learning Course Community on Moodle.
HUMS 2001- Introduction to Service Learning
Professor: Lacey M. Cunningham
Partnership: Local organizations based on student interests
Crusades for justice and struggles against injustice have shaped human understanding,
relationships, and behavior for centuries. This course is designed to introduce students
to the foundations of community organizing, social justice, and service learning in
the context of a globalized world. Students will be asked to think critically about
the underlying root causes of social, economic, environmental and political challenges
in the communities in which they live, learn, work, serve and travel. In addition,
students will be encouraged to begin to address these societal challenges utilizing
their academic knowledge and experiences as the foundation for implementing, advocating,
and supporting community organization’s efforts to create a more just world. This
course may be taken up to two times with permission of the Office of Service Learning
if the student selects a different service learning topic and project to complete.
MURP 4081/5081 Applied GIS Information Technology for the Planning Profession
Professor: Michelle Thompson, PhD, GISP
2016 Partnership: Various neighborhood associations and community organizations
Professor Michelle Thompson’s undergraduate and graduate students will be working
with the NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership to evaluate, map and summarize neighborhood
property condition assessments from 2011 to 2015. Their work will contribute to the
ongoing monitoring of community quality of life issues and allow residents & businesses
to be informed when prioritizing community needs and reinvestments. Students will
gain experience developing a professional report that can be used as a writing sample
and a demonstration of the their Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills.
Their work will be used by the for more informed decision-making for the NEWCITY Neighborhood
Partnership. Dr. Thompson’s undergraduate work at Syracuse University’s Policy Studies
program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs has fostered her commitment
in public participation, community work and service learning.
FTA 3460 Introduction to Documentary Production
Professor: Laszlo Fulop
Undergraduate documentary production film students in this course work with a nonprofit
cultural organization, NOLAVie. Every semester the producers of NOLAVie pitch a list
of projects connected to the cultural life of New Orleans to students, who select
an organization or project and produce an interview-based short documentary. Fulop’s
students gain professional experience outside of the classroom and many of the student’s
work is available on NOLAVie’s website, a nonprofit organization who celebrate the
distinct characters, events, neighborhoods and cuisine of New Orleans through the
use of guest blogs, audio, and video collections.
IS 4998 International Studies Degree Internship
Professor: John Hazlett
Partnerships: nonprofit agencies who have international or global missions
Students in this internship course complete internship’s with internationally-oriented
partners. These partners are typically nonprofit agencies who have international or
global missions that benefit the communities they work in. Students gain real world
knowledge of a particular profession or kind of work, awareness of community needs
and realities, and professional skills sets. The course requires 120 hours of work
during the semester an 8-10 page reflection paper connection international studies
course topics to their internship work. Reflecting on his internship experience, one
student wrote that after his service learning internship experience he “will attempt
to disseminate as much knowledge about the international relations to other people
MANG 3401 Principles of Management
Professor: Christy Corey
Partnership: Veteran’s Affairs, Project Lazarus
Dr. Christy Corey’s undergraduate student will select an organization to provide job
readiness training and entrepreneurship skills. Students have the option to work with
Veteran’s Affairs or Project Lazarus, a recovery house for individuals diagnosed with
HIV/AIDS. While learning team and teaching skills as well as management principles,
students teach job readiness and self efficacy skills. Students will engage in at
least 25 hours of engaged service and will required to complete a graded reflection
assignment. Corey has worked with a research team that published papers on service
learning outcomes like academic achievement and civic mindedness.
MKT 6503 Strategic Marketing Management
Professor: Elyria Kemp
Partnerships: Jazz Market, Offbeat Publications, Elsa Hahne Cookbook—The Gravy: In
the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians
Every semester Master of Business Administration students in this course work with
a community partner to create a marketing plan for their partner. In the past students
have created marketing plans for the Jazz Market, a new facility for the New Orleans
Jazz Orchestra, Offbeat Publications, and the Elsa Hahne Cookbook—The Gravy: In the
Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians. Students learn the components of a strategic marketing
plan, meet with partners to assess the organization’s marketing plan needs, and develop
a marketing plan for the partner that they present to their partner in their final
MKT 6536 Strategic Marketing Decisions for Health Care Management
Professor: Elyria Kemp
Partnerships: local organizations in the health care industry
Dr. Elyria Kemp’s advanced seminar in Strategic Marketing Decisions for Health Care
Management applies marketing principles and concepts to contemporary health care industry
issues. Specifically, it introduces health care professionals to marketing thought
and marketing issues related to the assessment of marketing opportunities as well
as the planning and implementation of marketing strategy and programs in a dynamic
health care environment. Kemp’s students will work with a diverse group of companies
within the New Orleans area, including skilled nursing, assisted living and hospice
care facilities to develop strategic marketing plans. Students will conduct basic
marketing research on their assigned organization, prepare a written report of their
analysis and develop strategic marketing recommendations for the organization. Their
findings will be presented to leaders and key decision makers within the organizations.
In the past students have created marketing communication plans for Save Sounds Initiative
of the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, and Luke’s House Clinic.
EDU 1010 Introduction to Teaching as a Career
Instructor: Kate Reynolds
Partnerships: Schools in Orleans parish and the surrounding area
This course is designed to acquaint prospective teacher candidates with the major
issues associated with the teaching profession. Students enrolled in the course are
paired with a teacher in a school in the Orleans parish or surrounding area. Each
student completes a minimum of 25 hours of service learning in their assigned classroom.
Students work individually or in small groups to address specific literacy activities
assigned by the classroom teacher.
URBN 6005 Statistics for Urban Analysis
Instructor: Peter Yaukey
Partnership: City of New Orleans and the Mayor's office
Students in URBN 6005 complete five exercises, including two exercises that integrate
an ongoing University of New Orleans blight monitoring initiative. The data gathered
from this course is used by the City of New Orleans and the Mayor's office. Students
gain experience in study design, on-the-ground research, and the pragmatics of academics
interacting with local communities. Students devote 25 hours of engaged learning by
gathering and compiling data and are asked to complete a final paper reflecting on
their experience and exploring a topic of their choice.
AADM 6506: A Music Overview for Arts Administrators
Instructor: Harmon Greenblatt
Partnership: Local arts and cultural organizations
A survey of the music business with emphasis on the many aspects of the recording
industry, live performing arts and the local music scene.