What is service-learning?
Service-learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection in order to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen our communities. CED has been a campus leader in developing and testing global service-learning programs concentrating on issues of sustainability, low impact tourism, erosion control, outdoor recreation, and civic leadership.
One of our regular service-learning studios is led by Professor Katherine Melcher, who has created the Community Landscape Lab to engage students and community groups using landscape architecture as the means to actuate social change. Through the Community Landscape Lab, Professor Melcher partners students with clients in a Master's level Landscape Architecture (MLA) studio to provide stakeholders with design concepts and engagement strategies useful to the community. Bringing more awareness to the lab's work, students developed a blog to publish information about the projects they are working on, including background information, weekly updates on community feedback, and their design recommendations.
The students work on their projects for the duration of the semester, giving them the opportunity to see the project through from initial concepts to construction documents and implementation guidelines. As stated in the studio blog, Professor Melcher believes that “by working closely with community groups throughout the design process, students develop practical design projects that can transform everyday landscapes into meaningful and useful places”.
Service-learning intentionally combines service with learning, a combination that is transforming both communities and students. To date, the Community Landscape Lab has refined a master plan for a historic African American burial site to combat erosion and memorialize those who have passed, envisioned a healing outdoor space for children grieving the loss of a parent, provided concepts for a recreational area in a rural South Carolina community without a single public park, and designed a learning landscape at a historic community center soon to be the headquarters of the Bibb County Cooperative Extension office.
Service-Learning at CED
CED has several approved service-learning courses at the undergraduate and graduate
Go to capa.uga.edu/browse to explore a course on this list.
|Course #||Course Name||Offered|
|HIPR 4100S/6100S||Cultural Resource Assessment||Fall|
|HIPR 4330S/6330S||Intro to Cultural Landscape Documentation||Spring|
|HIPR 4460S/6460S||Rural Preservation||Fall, Spring|
|HIPR 4680S/6680S||Community Design Charrettes||Fall, Spring|
|HIPR 6950S||Historic Preservation Planning Studio||Fall|
|LAND 3030S||Landscape Architecture Design Studio III||As needed|
|LAND 3040S||Landscape Architecture Design Studio IV||As needed|
|LAND 4050S/6050S||Landscape Architecture Design Studio V||As needed|
|LAND 4060S||Landscape Architecture Design Studio VI||As needed|
|LAND 4080S||Healthcare and Therapeutic Garden Design||As needed|
|LAND 4090S||Architecture Design||As needed|
|LAND 4095S||Sustainability in Design||As needed|
|LAND 4370S||Applied Landscape Construction||As needed|
|LAND 4900S||Senior Project||As needed|
|LAND 4910S/6910S||Independent Project||As needed|
|LAND 6020S||NEW - Site Applications||Spring|
|LAND 6030S||NEW - Nature and Sustainability||Fall|
|LAND 6040S||NEW - Community and Place||Spring|
|LAND 7050S||Engagement Studio||Fall|
UGA Office of Service Learning
The mission of the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) is to promote and support the development of quality academic service-learning experiences in response to critical community needs through a range of faculty and instructional development programs, services, and funding opportunities.
Faculty can find information on applying for S-Suffix courses here.