Course Description:

This course enables students to understand the principles and practices of community-based education through both participation and academic study at two unique fifth dimension program sites. Students integrate their experience with (a) study of the psychological theories and philosophical perspectives that underlie the design of the Fifth Dimension and similar community-based learning programs and (b) an examination of how these design principles define and practice the role of teacher and learner.

Course Objectives:

Introduce alternative forms of education that challenge students to redefine the role of teacher and learner in unique cultural settings and in their own lives. Encourage students to further develop metacognative practice through class discussions and journaling. Ultimately, inspiring students to become involved in service learning projects during their undergraduate and postgraduate careers.