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International Service Learning: Society, Inequality & Social Exclusion Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Program 2023/2024 Year - Barcelona

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International Service Learning: Society, Inequality & Social Exclusion

International Service Learning: Society, Inequality & Social Exclusion Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: CEA CAPA Barcelona Center
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Primary Subject Area: Sociology
Other Subject Area: Anthropology, Service Learning, Urban Studies
Instruction in: English
Course Code: SOC396BCN
Transcript Source: University of New Haven
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: Two years of university study
Required Supplies: You will be required to pay transport costs to your placement site.


This unique international service learning course focuses on the pressing social issues confronting our ever more globalized cities: social inequality and exclusion within the context of the accelerated demographic transformation of today's urban space. Contributing to the ongoing search for effective responses to such endemic problems, you will do volunteer work at a community-based organization while simultaneously pursuing theoretical coursework and independent sociological research related to your service learning placement.

As the world becomes increasingly globalized, businesses, non-governmental organizations and governments need people with the ability to adapt and excel when faced with the challenges associated with working in foreign countries, such as the variety of working conditions, work practices and cultural norms. Because service learning requires intensive intercultural engagement on a regular basis while exposing you to populations you might otherwise not encounter as a visiting student, this course provides a unique opportunity for you to gain the socio-cultural and research skills employers look for. Furthermore, participating in service learning abroad illustrates your ability to understand and contextualize academic theories and use and adapt research skills to field work.

Your service learning placement will be situated within one of the following areas to be agreed upon with the instructor: immigration; homelessness; education; youth work; sustainable urban development; the environment; or urban cultural expression. Placements might include: helping disadvantaged children at a homework club; working at an educational project at an immigrant center; working with an organization for the homeless; working with an urban-garden or redevelopment project; contributing to urban cultural expression and preservation; or assisting in centers working with the elderly or disabled. Your 2½ hour per week placement involves working and interacting personally with local community volunteers, giving you firsthand insight into the local neighborhood, its organizations, its membership and the challenges facing them all.

You will be required to pay transport costs to your placement site.

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