ANTH 182 Service Learning

(1-2 credits) Service Learning combines the opportunity of volunteerism with academic applications of social, economic, and political issues important to the local community. Provides for real-life application of skills and knowledge that extends learning beyond the classroom and into the community. May be repeated up to six credits. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission(Cynthia Clarke; 425.388.9382;

Some of the places in which anthropology students have been engaged include: English as Second Language classrooms, Americorps Read Out and Read Literacy Program, Volunteer Chore (Catholic Community Services), the Snohomish County Washington Conservation Corps, and numerous other settings.

Number of Credits
Number of Volunteer Hours
Number of Academic Hours

Resources you may need:

  1. Log of hours (in cases where volunteer site does not provide this)
  2. Field notes OR Google this: how to write anthropological field notes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Document active participation in a Service Learning environment.
  2. Compare concepts presented in the classroom to what they observe and/or experience in the context of their service activities.
  3. Describe the challenges for personal engagement with social issues and consider the ethical dimensions of such engagement.
  4. Describe linkages between societal issues and policies and individual actions and choices, and analyze the ways in which their own individual choices contribute to the exacerbation of and/or the resolution of societal issues.
  5. Identify personal prejudices, limitations and assumptions as well as others located within the Service Learning environment and discuss the impacts of these for the success of the program/engagement.
  6. Evaluate one’s own commitment to their community and how this reflects on their roles as citizens.
  7. Demonstrate academic applications of service experiences through one-on-one meetings with instructor, on-line and/or in-class discussion of social, economic and political issues related to the course content
  8. Generate written assignments which may include reflection papers, literature reviews, or analyses of assigned course content.