We are currently seeking community partners for several academic service learning courses in 2015-2016: NEW342 Theory and Praxis in Food Security, PCL389 the Role of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Society and POL494 Citizenship, Renewing Civic Engagement. Placement requirements vary among courses.

Academic Service Learning Courses

NEW342 - Theory and Praxis in Food Security

Equity Studies, Professor Lauren Baker

The course provides an introduction to food issues, using Toronto as a case study. Social justice and environmental sustainability are the central organizing themes.

The service-learning placement will ground the theoretical issues explored through readings and lectures in the experience of initiatives and organizations with food security mandate. This will enable students to see the realities and complexities of these issues and initiatives.

PCL389 - The Role of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Society

Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, Professor Michelle Arnot

The focus of this course will be to provide students with an opportunity to become more aware of the realities of drug “misuse.” They will have the opportunity to make links between what is discussed in class and the experience of interacting with groups that work with the social, health, economic, and ethical aspects of drug misuse. Through volunteering with people that support and work for improved health and comprehension of drug misuse, students will have an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the larger factors that are involved in drug use, aside from drug design, development and therapeutic indices.

POL494 - Citizenship: Renewing Civic Engagement

Political Science Department, Professor Anthony Careless

The overall objective of this Course is to provide students with an understanding of, and possible remedies for, their generation’s low political engagement. This is a pragmatic “how-to” course on diagnostics, issues scanning, stakeholder mapping and policy briefing of community and political leaders on concrete steps to improve democratic participation. While other courses may focus on institutional remedies that involve electoral or parliamentary reform, or the legal rights of citizenship, this course considers declines in collective values, trust, and political efficacy as factors affecting civic duty, the common good, responsibility and reciprocity.