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 Service Learning 

 

Service Learning is recognized internationally as a highly valuable learning format for educating citizens for today’s increasingly complex and diverse societies with a growing range of needs among its members. Employers in a wide range of sectors especially welcome possible employees who have completed a service learning project since it underscores a candidate’s skills in engaging complex societal issues needing integrated knowledge and advanced service skills. Service Learning makes moreover a perfect fit with the American Studies Leipzig effort to integrate throughout its curriculum the virtues of Humboldt and Dewey philosophies for higher education.

 

 
 

The ASL Model

American Studies Leipzig has built advanced and complex learning outside of the classroom into different stages of the BA curriculum. Whether by providing credit for professionally relevant internships, for study abroad experiences, or with a project module, ASL embraces and integrates practical and professionally driven learning alongside classroom instruction and interaction (see our ASL web section “Humboldt Meets Dewey”).

Service Learning provides an important addition to this model of integrated classroom and experiential learning. While Service Learning has a long and rich tradition in the United States, it has only recently arrived in Europe and especially Germany.

ASL provides the first Service Learning opportunity for earning BA credit at the Universität Leipzig.

Students can earn 5 ECTS/5 LP with the ASL Praktikum-Service Learning module. This involves the students participating in a project seminar and a tutorial with which they are provided a theoretical and empirical background in service learning and a structured/supportive environment in which they can plan their service learning project.

 

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