Welcome to the Office for Civic Engagment's online service learning course!



Below is the syllabus we'll be using:



The readings for each week are posted on the READINGS page. Discussion questions for each week will be posted on Mondays (on Discussion page). You will respond to at least three questions by Wednesday of each week and will be responsible for commenting on at least on other person's thoughts by Friday of each week.

Week one: 2/22
  • Look over syllabus
  • Post any questions or thoughts!

Week two: 3/1
  • Read John Dewey's piece "Experience and Thinking"
  • Post answers to discussion questions by Wednesday
  • Respond to another's thoughts by Friday- generate discussion!

Week three: 3/8
  • Read Paul Loeb's chapter "We Don't Have to be Saints" from Soul of a Citizen
  • Post answers to discussion questions by Wednesday
  • Respond to another's thoughts by Friday- generate discussion!

Week four: 3/15
  • Read "Saving the Crippled Boy"
  • Post answers to discussion questions by Wednesday
  • Respond to another's thoughts by Friday- generate discussion!

Week five: 3/22
Final Paper Proposals Due. Email proposals to Colleen: colleen.kane@mso.umt.edu

Week six: 3/29
  • Read through items on Service Continuum list. Rate them from 1-16 with 1 being the activity that best fits your personal definition of "service" and 16 being the item that least fits your defintion.
  • Post your number 1 answer and your number 16 answer with explanations for each.
  • Respond to another's thoughts by Friday- generate discussion!
Week seven: 4/5
  • Read "The Sweetness of Charity" and "To Hell with Good Intentions"
  • Post answers to discussion questions by Wednesday
  • Respond to another's thoughts by Friday- generate discussion!

Week eight: 4/12
  • Read "Where Were We"
  • Post answers to discussion questions by Wednesday
  • Respond to another's thoughts by Friday- generate discussion!


Week nine: 4/19
    • Read "The Eleventh
    • Post answers to discussion questions by Wednesday
    • Respond to another's thoughts by Friday- generate discussion!

Week ten: 4/26
    • As Americans, we live in a privileged country. Should some type of national service (military, AmeriCorps, etc) be mandatory for US citizens?
    • Post your thoughts by Wednesday
    • Respond to another's thoughts by Friday- generate discussion!

Week eleven: 5/3
    • Read "The Use of Force"
    • Post answers to discussion questions by Wednesday
    • Respond to another's thoughts by Friday- generate discussion!

Week twelve: 5/10