Community-Based Learning: An Academic Tool That Opens Eyes, Builds Bonds and Dismantles Walls
It’s no surprise that community-based learning (CBL) is thriving at Stonehill. Like a lecture or a lab experiment, it has become a critical teaching tool on a campus where solidarity with other communities is a way of life.
Community-Based Learning (CBL) links civic engagement (service, research, or action projects) with coursework, lectures and discussions to create deep and integrated learning experiences for students and meaningful community impacts for our local partners.
CBL is a democratically constructed understanding of the world as it is, the production of a vision of the world that could be and the design of strategic actions that might bring such a world into fruition. At its best, CBL enhances teaching, learning and partnerships with the possibility of social justice.
Community Needs. Community Knowledge.
Community engagement is built right into the fabric of many courses offered at Stonehill, and CBL projects are designed collaboratively between community-based organizations and Stonehill faculty and students. The Office of Community-Based Learning provides faculty and students opportunities and resources to work together with a variety of community partners.
CBL projects emanate from community needs and community knowledge, giving students the opportunity to complete service projects or conduct community-based research that truly serves a local need. In sharing analyses and strategies, students and faculty find themselves intellectually engaged in critically informed conversations.
Our Community Partners:
- Artists for Humanity
- Boys and Girls Club
- Brockton Interfaith Community
- Brockton Public Schools
- Brockton Youth Council
- Brockton’s Promise
- Cape Verdean Association
- Catholic Charities
- Charity Guild (Brockton)
- Coaching for Change
- Community Connections of Brockton
- David Jon Louison Family Care Center
- Davis Commons Community Center
- Father Bill’s & MainSpring House
- The Family Center of Brockton
- Massasoit Community College—Gateway to College
- Mass in Motion Community Gardens Project
- MY TURN, Inc.
- A New Day Crisis Center
- YouthBuild Brockton
Community-Based Learning Courses
Stonehill now offers over 60 CBL courses spanning many different academic departments and disciplines. Our CBL courses feature additional hours for creating and implementing projects or conducting research in partnership with a local community organization. Coursework such as readings, lectures and discussions help frame the root causes of community needs.
Recent CBL courses include:
- Seminar on Juvenile Justice
- Topics in Education: Energy Playground-Teaching Children Science
- Environmental Law
- Crisis, Conflict, Control
- Community Organizing: People, Power and Change
- Art and Civic Culture in Urban Neighborhoods
- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Native New England: Tribal Nations, Public Policy and Politics of Sovereignty
- Society Through the Lens
- Change the World?