• 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.

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    • 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:

34

Departments offering SL courses

85

SL course sections offered

1346

Student enrollment in SL courses

26,920

Approximate hours of service by Duke SL students

 
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Transcripts and Lifescripts

Join us for Service-Learning's first ever Transcripts and Lifescripts monologues on Thursday, April 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Keohane Atrium. At this culminating event we… Read More...
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New Service-Learning Courses for Fall 2014

We are thrilled with the number and variety of service-learning courses on offer for fall 2014! We are especially pleased to announce the addition of… Read More...
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Finding Your Question

On Monday, March 24th, LEAPS and Service-Learning will be hosting the second Annual "What's Your Question" event, a conversation and workshop to begin the process… Read More...
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Intercultural Competence and Community Engagement

Join Duke Service-Learning for a workshop with Darla Deardorff, expert in intercultural competence, to "train the trainers" with activities to build appropriate skills for community… Read More...
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Call for Nominations: Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards

Nominate a faculty member, community partner, or graduating senior for a Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award! The Betsy Alden Awards recognize one graduating senior, one… 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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