Community-Based Learning (CBL) at Georgetown University is an academic course-based pedagogy that involves student work with disadvantaged and underserved individuals or groups, or organizations working with and for disadvantaged and underserved individuals or groups. This form of learning is often called "service-learning." The Community-based Learning model attempts to capture Georgetown's central commitment to partnership with community representatives in designing mutually beneficial outcomes for CBL courses. Approximately 40 undergraduate CBL courses are offered during the academic year across all four undergraduate schools.
The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) is responsible for designating undergraduate courses as “community-based learning” courses. Crucially, a CBL course involves work with disadvantaged and underserved individuals and groups. Such work has traditionally been called “service-learning,” a term many colleges and universities continue to employ. The language of CBL attempts to capture Georgetown’s central commitment to working with community representatives in designing CBL courses, courses that value the contributions of both campus and community to the learning experience of the students.
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