Santa Clara University

ELSJ Course Design

Two key elements are necessary for ELSJ courses: 

  1. Contact: ELSJ involves substantial contact with communities
    • Community-based learning experiences involve typically 16 contact hours over one quarter
    • Immersion trips involve at least 24 contact hours, normally over a five-day period (or longer)
    • Other forms of community engagement typically involve 16 contact hours over 2 to 10 weeks (or longer)

  1. Reflection, Learning Objectives, and Assignment Mapping:  Direct contact will be integrated through reflections and assignments. Assignments in ELSJ courses will be aligned with the following learning objectives. Students will be able to
    • recognize the benefits of life-long responsible citizenship and civic engagement in personal and professional activities (Civic Life);
    • interact appropriately, sensitively, and self-critically with people in the communities in which they work and appreciate the formal and informal knowledge, wisdom, and skills that individuals in these communities possess (Perspective);
    • recognize, analyze, and understand social reality and injustices in contemporary society, including recognizing the relative privilege or marginalization of their own and other groups (Social Justice);
    • be able to make vocational choices in light of both their greatest gifts and the world's greatest needs (Civic Engagement).

For more information, please visit the Course Development Resources page.

Note: Syllabus submissions must be made ELSJ Faculty Core Curriculum is responsible for reviewing and approving syllabi.