Social Concerns Courses

The following courses address social concerns through community-based learning and/or community-based research in 1–3 credit local community engagement experiences. Read the course description for more information about how each course engages the community. For immersion courses, please visit Social Concerns Seminars

 

FALL SEMESTER

Rethinking Crime and Justice: Explorations from the Inside Out

Inside-Out brings together students from both sides of the prison wall to explore issues including why people commit crime, what prisons are for, realities of prison life and reentry, effects of victimization, and restorative justice perspectives.

Discernment Seminar

The Discernment Seminar provides undergraduate students an opportunity to reflect on their college experience and consider postgraduate plans with one another through small-group discussion.

Human Trafficking: Causes, Response, and Current Debates

The seminar will explore a number of overarching themes necessary to understand the complex dimensions of human trafficking, both in the United States and around the world. 

 

SPRING SEMESTER

Prison Writing: Explorations of Freedom from the Inside Out

We will explore these fundamental questions of human existence through literature that portrays imprisonment and liberation. This course follows the Inside-Out model of prison exchange now well established across the United States.

Advocacy for the Common Good

This one credit course aims to develop a shared understanding of advocacy and the common good, and to cultivate skills to help strengthen students' advocacy planning and action in pursuit of social justice.

Approaches to Poverty and Development in Chile

This course is open to Notre Dame students who have been accepted into the Santiago, Chile semester abroad program through the Office of International Studies. Approaches to Poverty and Development is a multi-disciplinary course combining experiential and service learning with social analysis, theological reflection, and ethical viewpoints.

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Upcoming Events

February 2019

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Postgraduate Service Organization Campus Visit: Precious Blood Volunteers
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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Pizza, Pop, & Politics: Politics of Sport
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm
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Postgraduate Service Organization Campus Visit: L'Arche Seattle
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Show Some Skin: Drop the Wall
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Workshop: Ethics, Community Engagement, and Higher Education
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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2019 Human Development Conference
Friday, February 22, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, February 23, 2019 (All day)
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Labor Café
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2019

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Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Information Session: McNeill Leadership Fellows Program
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
06
Pizza, Pop, & Politics: Politics of Place
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 5:00pm
21
Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
21
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
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Labor Café
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

April 2019

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Been & Seen Series
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Labor Café
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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June 2019

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Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)