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.
Recently, students in Professor Jon Calabria’s Ecology class travelled to the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island to learn about coastal ecology from UGA’s Marine Extension office (MAREX) and help construct a living shoreline at the 4-H center. In addition to learning about oysters, coastal ecology, anthropogenic threats and living shorelines, students worked with others in the community and several 4-H clubs to construct specialized bags with oyster shell for subsequent placement on the shoreline. This effort demonstrates how a living shoreline could be constructed instead of a bulkhead (or other armoring structure), which encourages higher ecological function and likely reduces bacteria that threatens water-based recreation at the 4-H facility.
The students are providing an important service to the community and, at the same time, learning about water quality, coastal ecology, and developing an understanding of coastal resiliency tactics. They may also reflect on their personal and career interests in science, the environment, public policy or other related areas. In these ways service-learning intentionally combines service with learning, a combination that is transforming both communities and students.
Service-Learning at CED
CED has several approved service-learning courses at the undergradate and graduate level. Click on course number for full description.
|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||NEW - Landscape Studio Engagement||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.