• Chem 109
    • CHEM 180: Chemistry Outreach

      In Chem 180, taught by professor Ken Lyle, Duke students develop the knowledge and skills associated with learning and presenting chemistry demonstrations.

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    • COMPSCI 149S: Teaching with Robots

      The Computer Science Education Research Seminar "Teaching with Robots" introduces Duke students to computer programming and computer science education in the context of mobile robotics.

    • Photo Credit: Celeste Hodges
    • CulAnth 161S
    • CULANTH 235S: Human Rights Activism

      In Robin Kirk's Human Rights Activism course, students read classic human rights texts and examine the histories and contexts of these documents as well how early proponents of human rights used them, successfully and unsuccessfully.

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    • DOCST 450S: Documentary Engagement

      In Documentary Engagement, students learn how photography and audio can be used as tools for social engagement.

    • Photo Credit: Eddie Wu
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    • Environmental Science 218: Food and Energy

      Food & Energy: Applying Research and Theory to Local Dining Practice is designed to teach concepts about the agricultural system and climate change from peer-reviewed and popular sources, and to give students the opportunity to apply these concepts within the Duke and local communities.  

    • PPS 234 Fall 2011
    • Public Policy 563S: Making Social Policy 

      Looking at a range of social policy issues, Professor Jenni Owen's course focuses on the policy-making process, the role of different sectors in policymaking, when and why policymakers use research and when and why they don’t, and communicating with policymakers. 

    • Soc 164
    • Sociology 264: Death and Dying

      Death and Dying, taught by Dr. Deborah Gold, examines multiple perspectives on death and dying in America while acknowledging how various other cultures/religions manage and view the process of death.  

    • Voices of Partnership Panel
    • Voices of Partnership: Heard & Unheard

      A panel discussion sponsored by the Service-Learning Program, April 2012

    • Photo Credit: Duke University Photography (Les Todd)

Service-Learning supports Duke's commitment to knowledge in the service of society by connecting civic engagement to the curriculum.


2013-14 by the numbers:


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Approximate hours of service by Duke SL students

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Call for proposals: new service-learning courses

We are pleased to be accepting new requests for the service-learning label for spring 2015 at this time. Thanks to the continued support of Trinity… Read More...
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Announcing Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program

The Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program will be a learning community in which new and experienced service-learning practitioners deepen their knowledge, skills, and practices of community-based… Read More...
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2013-14 Annual Report

2013-14 was another great year for service-learning at Duke! As a result of our work: Fourteen new service-learning courses were offered. Duke students contributed approximately… Read More...
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2014 Betsy Alden Award Recipients

The Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards recognize one graduating senior, one faculty member, and one community partner for exemplifying the ideals of service-learning. Each year,… Read More...
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Transcripts and Lifescripts Monologues 2014

Our "Transcripts and Lifescripts Monoglogues" event featured four performers presenting real-life stories of academic discovery from Duke students, alumni, and faculty. Photos from the event,… Read More...
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What is service-learning?

Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Faculty members who teach service-learning courses arrange specific service opportunities that both enhance the educational goals of a course and serve the public good by providing a needed service in the community.

Students taking service-learning courses commit to completing a certain number of hours of service work outside of class, and to reflecting on this work through class discussions and assignments.

Community partners receive assistance from students and often enjoy the intellectual stimulation of collaborating with Duke faculty members and students to support the academic goals of the course.

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