SSLP Course Information


2017 SSLP Course Syllabus

2017 SSLP Site Category and Social Issues Resources


The Summer Service Learning Program (Theology 33936: Kinship on the Margins), is a 3 credit S/U course.  It is a collaboration of site partners, Notre Dame Clubs, faculty, staff, and donors, and offers students an experience of displacement from which to discover and deepen an understanding of kinship, resilience and hope. In the words of the University’s mission statement, the SSLP, “seeks to cultivate in its students … a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.”


  • Reflect theologically, through journaling and conversations, as a means of understanding and interpreting one’s service experience, particularly relationships, and the readings of the course.
  • Become culturally competent through the exploration of what it means to respect the diversity of communities and cultures encountered in the SSLP.
  • Become conversant about the principles of Catholic social thought, identify the principles in the SSLP immersion, and apply the principles in one’s life and in society.
  • Learn about and engage the method of social analysis to interpret and expand knowledge of social issues that arise from the SSLP experience.
  • Develop tools to discern one’s call, drawing upon the practice of the Examen, conversations with people at the site, and the integration of the readings with one’s experience. The hope is for a continued integration of faith and action beyond the SSLP.

What is Required?

  • April 2017 - Attend three Formation Sessions (see below for dates/times).
  • Summer 2017 - Weekly reading, journal entries.  35-40 hours of service a week for 8 consecutive weeks.  
  • August/September 2017 - Final project due, approximately 4-5 hours of evening/weekend classroom time.

Spring Formation Sessions 

1. April 4 OR 5 / 6:00pm-7:30pm (Geddes Hall)

2. April 11, 5:00-6:15pm OR April 12, 6:00-7:15pm (Geddes Hall)

3. April 18 OR 19 / 6:00-7:30pm (Geddes Hall)