Course Overview, Objectives, and Requirements Overview of Service Learning Practicum Service Learning shapes college education for every student and faculty member at Trinity Lutheran College. Active engagement in ministry and non-profit organizations integrates classroom and course learning with real life application. Weekly reflection with peers and faculty incorporates biblical and systemic analysis. Students serve 3-5 hours per week in one aspect of a larger ministry/service program. Participating with experienced supervisors and colleagues, students discover the implications of classroom concepts and discover their gifts and capacities for compassion, organizing, critical thinking, conflict resolution, problem solving. Students work under supervision of a Site Mentor rather than in the lead role of an entire ministry/service program. Students complete four credits of SLP as part of the Trinity Core Curriculum. The program is administered by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL). In September students explore site options and, in consultation with the CCESL staff, identify appropriate sites that match and challenge their interests and abilities. Students generally serve in the same organization for the entire academic year (September to mid-December and January/February to mid-May). Official Course Description – RELI 106/206 This course engages the greater Puget Sound community as a practical learning context that addresses issues and topics identified by community partners, providing an opportunity for faithful Christian witness in word and/or deed. Students serve 3 to 5 hours per week and spend additional time reflecting on the service experience with other students and a Faculty Mentor. Placement options include teaching in a preschool, tutoring inner-city youth, visiting nursing home residents, serving meals in an emergency shelter, leading youth Bible studies, and more.
Course Objectives The Service Learning Practicum program seeks to: Provide opportunities to engage in faithful Christian witness in word and/or deed. Integrate service experiences with biblical and theological themes introduced in the Trinity Core. Provide a context through which students address expressed community issues and topics through acts of service that make a difference in the lives of others. Recognize the greater Puget Sound community as a practical context in which members of the community serve as co-teachers and co-learners in the service learning process. Promote servant leadership and the desire to live a servant lifestyle. Provide opportunities for students to discern and explore possible vocations. -4-