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CSL Credit Courses

Did you know that the CSL offers courses that undergraduate students can take, taught by our staff?

These courses are meant to supplement your KU education and connect to your service experience. 

Explore CSL Credit Courses:

UNIV 492 Local is a 2-credit hour, online course that requires 40 hours of service work and fulfills Core Goal 5.2. Service hours must be done in the local U.S. community where the student resides or attends KU.

Course content of UNIV 492 Local deepens students' understanding of service work by introducing knowledge and skills needed to carry out effective and ethical volunteer efforts. Students are asked to critically examine the benefits and potential harm of service, consider social constructs of power and privilege, become familiar with the nonprofit sector, research systemic causes for specific social issues, define how they can act as an ally, and critically reflect on self and society.

This section of UNIV 492 is offered only to students who have been accepted to and placed in a week-long or longer Alternative Breaks service trip.

Enrollment in this course is done prior to the first student-run Alternative Breaks class meetings. To learn more about upcoming trips and to apply for an Alternative Break, visit the AB website.

The course content of UNIV 492 begins with the premise that community service is a valuable response to the social problems that we face in today's society and that understanding of self, knowledge of social issues, and commitment to service are essential for effective engagement in communities. Students will be introduced to existing responses to social problems and will work to formulate their own individual and collective responses. Alternative Breaks works to motivate college students to become active and present members of their own communities, to recognize the different needs of local, national, rural and urban communities, and to engender an understanding of how to be involved in the betterment of society.

This course will provide students with an overview of issues in international service learning for environmental conservation, sustainable development in the context of ecotourism, international partnership building, and systems thinking to tackle global issues through local action.

While in Costa Rica, students will explore connections to these themes through experience and service learning. Site visits include San Jose, Monteverde Cloud Forest, and the sea turtle conservation project, which takes place at the Conservation Station and Sea Turtle Research and Ecosystems in Playa Montezuma. Students will develop projects in areas such as reforestation, cleaning of solid waste into green areas, causes of river and coastline decline, conservation and protection and protection of sea turtles, and environmental education and community improvement. In addition to these in-country educational experiences, UNIV 492 will have pre-trip and post-trip online course components.

UNIV 299 is a 0-1 credit hour course that allows students to have a service learning experience added to an existing course that does not offer service learning as part of its curriculum.

Enrollment in UNIV 299 is by permission only and projects must be approved before the student is allowed to enroll in the course.

Description and Criteria:

  1. UNIV 299 is not a standalone course. This course must be taken in conjunction with an existing course to create a service learning option.
  2. A project must be agreed upon by the instructor and community partner before the student will be allowed to enroll in UNIV 299.
  3. The instructor must create a series of reflection assignments to measure how the student is incorporating material with experience, as well as serve as a summative assessment of the experience.
  4. Student must complete a minimum of 20 hours of service during the semester they are enrolled in the course. Previous experience will not count toward those hours.
  5. The course will be graded S for satisfactory or U for unsatisfactory.
  6. This course can be counted towards the Certificate in Service Learning if you received a C or better in your existing course and you receive a minimum of 3 credit hours for both the existing course and UNIV 299.

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