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  • Spring 2011: IPSJ 1--Introduction to Peace & Justice
    • Dr. Chiho Sawada

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  • Spring 2011: Nursing 234B: Managing Health Care Delivery for Diverse Populations in Community-Based Environments
    • Edith Jenkins-Weinrub

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  • Spring 2011: Religious Studies 178--Liberation Theology in El Salvador
    • Dr. Robert Lassalle-Klein

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  • Fall 2010: Latin American Studies 178--Focus on History of El Salvador
    • Dr. Martivón Galindo
    • Course Size: 10-12 Students
    • Community Partner Site:
      • Oakland Catholic Worker

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  • Fall 2010: Sociology 163--Deviance & Social Control
    • Dr. Charles Sarno
    • Course Size: 30-35 Students
    • This course focuses on crime, deviance, & marginalized populations.
    • Possible Community Partner Sites:
      • Family Justice Center
      • Alameda County District Attorney's Office
      • Coco Corner
      • Reach Academy

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  • Fall 2010: Biology 108--Principles of Biological Science
    • Professor Julia Smith
    • Course Size: 25-30 Students
    • Community Partner Site:
      • Friends of Sausal Creek

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  • Spring 2010: Psychology 20--Introductory Psychology Seminar
    • Dr. Martin Lampert
    • Community Partner Site:
      • Raskob Learning Center

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  • Spring 2010: Latin American Studies 126--Indigenous Sacred Ways
    • Dr. Martivón Galindo & Professor Laura Truxler (co-teaching)
    • Community Partner Site:
      • Oakland Catholic Worker

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  • Spring 2010: History 160--Contemporary Latin American History
    • Dr. Martivón Galindo

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  • Spring 2010: Biology 110--Environmental Studies
    • Professor Julia Smith
    • Community Partner Site:
      • Friend of Sausal Creek

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  • Fall 2009: Latin American Studies 177

    • Dr. Martivon Galindo; Laura Truxler (team teaching)
    • Course Size: 12 - 15 students
    • Course Schedule: Thursday, 4:30 - 7:00 PM
    • Description: This is a combined course (spring 2010 course) with a Study Abroad experience in between.  The students are required to register for both courses and will travel to Oaxaca, Mexico over Christmas break. The focus is on Indigenous women and the faculty would like to find an agency that serves Oaxacan people if possible, but if not then agencies that serve Hispanic / Indigenous people.
    • Possible Community Partner Sites:
      • Oakland Catholic Worker

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  • Fall 2009:  Physical Science 110 (Earth and Space)

    • Dr. Duygu Demirlioglu
    • Course Size: 15 students
    • Course Schedule: Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
    • Description: During the second ½ of the course, students will work in pairs to prepare a lesson plan for grades 6, 7, 8 covering some elements of the course they have been studying, (ex. Solar system, gravity, rock formation, etc).  The two students are expected to present the lesson plan to an elementary class on at least two different occasions.  The 15 hour commitment involves lesson plan preparation, meeting with the professor to confirm approval of the material, meeting with the science teacher to discuss the lesson plan and presentation of the material to the students (probably two sessions).
    • Possible Community Partner Sites:
      • St. Martin de Porres
      • St. Elizabeth’s Elementary School

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  • Fall 2009:  Sociology 169 (Power and Powerlessness)

    • Dr. Charlie Sarno
    • Course Size:  25 students
    • Course Schedule:  Tues. and Thurs., 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
    • Description: Students will serve at agencies where they can experience the dynamics of those who have power and those who do not.  The CBL portion of the course work counts for 30% of a student’s grade and includes 15 hours of service, journaling and in-class reflection of the experiences.
    • Possible Community Partner Sites:
      • St. Vincent de Paul
      • CoCo Corner   http://www.cococorner.org/index.html
      • Oakland Catholic Worker
      • Alameda County District Attorney, Department of Victims Services
      • Next Step Learning Center

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  • Fall 2009:  FYE World Wisdom Traditions

    • Professor Laura Truxler
    • Course Size:  12-15 students
    • Course Schedule:  Mon. & Wed., 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
    • Possible Community Partner Sites:
      • Oakland Catholic Worker

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  • Fall 2009:  ISAC 104 – The Contemporary World

    • Professor Laura Truxler
    • Course Size:  25-30 students
    • Course Schedule:  Tuesday 6:30 – 9:30 PM
    • Possible Community Partner Sites:
      • Oakland Catholic Worker
      • SNJM Projects on Human Trafficking

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  • Fall 2009:  Social Psychology 140

    • Dr. Kate Issacson
    • Course Size:  30 students
    • Course Schedule:  Monday & Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:45 PM
    • Possible Community Partner Sites:
      • Alameda County District Attorney, Department of Victims Services

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  • Fall 2010 & Fall 2009:  FYE Psychology

    • Dr. Kate Issacson
    • Course Size:  14-15 students
    • Possible Community Partner Sites
      • Raskob Learning Institute and Day School

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  • Fall 2009:  PSYC 130 (Child and Adolescent Psychology)

    • Martin Lampert
    • Course Size:  23 students
    • Course Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00 - 4:15 PM
    • Description: (This is not a CBL Course – It’s a course with an optional service learning element to it) The students generally do three projects which involve short interviews or observations with two children. For the service component, the thought was that the students could work/tutor with elementary school children for one hour per week and as part of their tutoring work interview the children for their class projects. As part of their work with the elementary school child, they would do the basic interview projects plus reflections on how the material discussed in class applies to their interactions with the children tutored. As the students must interview two children for their term projects, the requirement may be that they can work with one or two children at the elementary school as possible. If they only work with one child at the elementary school, the second child that they use for their interview projects could be the child of a friend or a relative.
    • Possible Community Partner Sites:
      • St Mary’s Pre School
      • St. Elizabeth’s Elementary School

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  • Spring 2009: Religious Studies 178--Latin American Liberation Theology, Culture, & Politics

    • Professors: Bob Lassalle-Klein/Martivón Galindo
    • Course Size:  12 students
    • The service component of this course focuses on the poor in Oakland.

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  • Spring 2009: Nursing 234--Managing Health Care Delivery for Diverse Populations

    • Professor: Edith Jenkins-Weinrub
    • Course Size:  10 students
    • Nursing students enrolled in this course participated in service learning that focused on disaster preparedness.
    • Community Partner Site: American Red Cross

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  • Spring 2009: History 177--Latino Experience in the United States

    • Martivón Galindo
    • Course Size:  25 students
    • Students focus on the experiences of poor children in the Oakland community.

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  • Spring 2009: ISAC 195

    • Kimberly Mayfield
    • Course Size:  12 students
    • The service component of this course focuses on local schools.
    • Community Partner Sites: City of Oakland Mayor's Office, community-based newspaper.

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