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Submission Date June 12, 2014
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Hibbing Community College
AC-5: Immersive Experience

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Reporter Donald Graves
Faculty, Sustainability Coordinator
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

This course is a service-learning course where students travel to Florida over spring break to work with a Habitat for Humanity project.

COURSE TITLE AND NUMBER: Service-Learning Experience: PDEV 8083
CREDITS: __1__ (Lecture hours __5_ / Lab hours _25_ per Semester)
Permission of instructor required


Service-Learning Experience will examine concepts of community service and the responsibilities of today’s citizens. Students will explore and develop personal viewpoints on community service through classroom discussions and a direct service experience. Students, with instructor’s approval, will select their semester-long community service site/project. They are expected to perform 1-2 hours of community service at their chosen community agency per week.

I. Service-Learning
A. Introduction
B. History
C. Service-Learning vs. volunteerism
D. Evaluation
II. Community service site
A. Orientation
B. Ethics
C. Training
D. Direct service
III. Citizenship
A. Defining democratic citizenship
B. Responsibility of citizenship
C. Civic values
IV. Our community
A. Diversity within the community
B. Community needs/issues
C. Community resources
V. Reflection
A. Service journals
B. Reflective reading and writing
C. Discussion and debate
VI. Personal growth
A. Philosophy of service
B. Leadership skills
C. Ethic/civic development
D. Communication skills
E. Professional/career development


The student will:

1. define the history of community service and service-learning.
2. formulate and examine one’s commitment to service and citizenship
3. examine and reflect upon, their community, and their role in that community.
4. identify personal values, beliefs, strengths, limitation, and goals.
5. appraise a community need/problem, its magnitude, and nature.
6. identify and develop sensitivity to community issues and their underlying dynamics.
7. examine the impact of gender, race, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status in society.
8. apply skills and knowledge to societal problems by providing meaningful service to the community.
9. identify the types of services provided by at least one agency and the types of clients served.
10. identify feelings, reactions, and learning which have occurred during the service experience through reflection.
11. practice critical/analytical thinking, written expression, and effective oral communication through journal writing.
12. analyze possible career choices and develop professional networks.

This course meets the twenty-five hours of service-learning option under Goal 9 of the MNTC.

Thinking Creatively and Critically, Social Responsibility, Valuing Self

The student is expected to attend class regularly, exhibit appropriate classroom behavior, and represent Hibbing Community College in a positive manner while working in the community. Students are expected to read all material and complete assignments on a timely basis, contribute to class discussion, and complete the required hours of community service.


The student will be evaluated on completion of the required service hours, college-level journaling, assigned writings, participation in class discussions, and attendance at class sessions.

The website URL where information about the immersive program(s) is available:

This course is a service-learning course where students travel to Florida over spring break to work with a Habitat for Humanity project.

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