UNXD 130 CBL: Social Action is a 1-credit course through Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ) that offers students the opportunity to integrate their academic studies with community engagement experience in Washington, DC. Through reflection, UNXD 130 students link a course in which they are enrolled with community-based service and social justice work. This course was previously known as the 4th Credit Option for Social Action.
The 1-credit course is a substantial commitment that requires concentrated effort and a willingness to analyze one’s self and important social justice issues. Throughout the semester, students discover how knowledge and action can support and advance one another in the promotion of social justice.
UNXD 130 is facilitated by Amanda Munroe, CSJ’s Assistant Director, Social Justice Curriculum & Pedagogy. Reach out to Amanda if you:
- are a student looking for more information on connecting to a community partner or a course for UNXD 130
- are a professor who wish to promote UNXD 130 through a course that you teach
- represent a community-based organization who would like to host a UNXD 130 student
- have any inquiries regarding UNXD 130
How to Enroll
- Students must apply to UNXD 130 in conjunction with one course in which they are already enrolled and to which the community-based service work is clearly linked.
- Enrollment in UNXD 130 is contingent upon acceptance to the program through CSJ and approval by the professor of the course in conjunction with which a student applies
- UNXD 130 is open to second-semester first year through first-semester senior undergraduate students at Georgetown University
- Applications for UNXD 130 are accepted on a rolling basis beginning the first day of classes and ending the last day of add/drop.
- A student may enroll in UNXD 130 for no more than 3 semesters.
Apply to UNXD 130 CBL: Social Action here.
Requirements for community partnerships:
- Community-based work should take place in/with a community-based organization (CBO). For UNXD 130, a CBO is defined as a: government agency, non-profit organization, non-governmental organization or school that has, in part, a social justice mission.
- Community-based work should meet both the needs of the CBO and the learning outcome goals of the course.
- Community-based work should be in direct service, policy analysis, research, and/or advocacy work.
- Community-based work should engage the student with individuals or communities of need and with issues related to social justice, community development and/or access to basic human needs and resources.
- Community work must be performed over the course of the semester – approximately 4 hours per week for 10 weeks, for a semester total between 30 and 40 hours.
Over the course of the semester, students in UNXD 130 will:
- Attend an orientation to community engagement at the beginning of the semester at the Center for Social Justice;
- Formalize an agreement to serve approximately 4 hours per week for 10 weeks (40 hours per semester) with a CBO;
- Actively participate in 3 dialogue sessions with other UNXD students, facilitated by CSJ; and
- Write and submit 3 reflective writing assignments and contribute short reflections weekly to a shared course discussion board.
- These requirements are intended to encourage students to consider the connections between the community work and classroom-based learning, as they pertain to social justice and personal development. Reflective essays will be forwarded to the professor by the Assistant Director, Social Justice Curriculum & Pedagogy throughout the semester.
Here is an example of a UNXD 130 student:
Harry Hoya is a sophomore at Georgetown who is interested in how languages are learned. Harry spends 5 hours a week as a tutor with the DC Schools Project, where he teaches English as a Second Language to a 10 year-old boy who recently immigrated to Washington, DC from Guatemala City. Harry applies to UNXD 130 because he is also enrolled in a 3-credit Linguistics course, How Languages are Learned, and wants to think explicitly about the relationship between his work with DC Schools and his studies in Linguistics. Harry will require the approval of a staff person at the DC Schools Project, and notify the professor of How Languages are Learned once enrolled.
Required UNXD 130 Course Meeting Times (Room TBC):
Monday, January 30
Monday, February 27
Monday, March 27
Monday, May 1
All class sessions meet from 6:30pm- 8:00pm