Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning.
Current service-learning courses offered at Towson University:
ANTH 325 Moral Panics, Suburban Moral Panic: Teenagers, Heroin and Media, 1998 ongoing MatthewDurington My doctoral research focused on the processes of a moral panic surrounding the deaths of multiple teenagers from heroin use in the suburb of Plano, Texas in the late 1990s into the 21st century. This research has resulted in a book contract and one article (see link attached to this project). I continue to develop ethnographic research models for the analysis of street level drug use and larger societal reactions to these phenomena.
ANTH 370, Life in the City, Towson Metropolitan Ethnography Project, ongoing MatthewDurington Since the fall of 2006 I have been engaged in a research project utilizing ethnographic methods and media to explore a variety of socioeconomic issues in the Baltimore metropolitan region. The primary fieldsite for this research is the South Baltimore community of Sharp Leadenhall but involves a number of communities as well. Students have been working with community members collaboratively to create an audio/video historical archive for the past three years assisted by Faculty Development and Teaching Innovation Grants at Towson University.
Working with community members, student and faculty collaborators the project is continually expanding and has resulted in a conference on housing in 2008 (www.towson.edu/metro), a co-authored publication with Towson University students (http://muj.uc.iupui.edu/abstracts/v20_n1.htm) and ongoing research (www.tmeproject.ning.com).
I have a number of grants in submission with faculty collaborators at Towson University and my students volunteer regularly in the community including the running of a concession stand for the Sharp Leadenhall Planning Committee during Baltimore Ravens home games.
A recent expansion of the project involves a community photography project funded by a Pepsi Grant at Towson University; and the OBAltimore project exploring reactions and racial identity to the election of President Obama.
We are continually looking for new communities to conduct research with.
ANTH 382 Visual Anthropology, Record Store, 2001-2003 MatthewDurington My first ethnographic video entitled 'Record Store' analyzes the various subcultures of an independent record store in the throes of the digital revolution. The video has been shown in over 7 countries and has been featured in both the American Anthropological Association Film Festival and the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival. It was released in 2008 and is in distribution with Berkeley Media.
ANTH 382 Visual Anthropology, Applied Visual Anthropology in Botswana, 2003 ongoing MatthewDurington In 2003 I initiated a multimedia applied anthropology project focusing on land rights and a number of other socieconomic issues with indigenous communities in Botswana. This research has resulted in one publication (see link attached to this project) and continues to evolve with collaborators at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa and Athabasca University in Canada.
Anthropology 209. Anthropology of American Culture. , Anthropology 209. Anthropology of American Culture. Katharine Fernstrom, Spring 2012, ongoing 2012-2013 KatharineFernstrom The Service Learning opportunity is offered in conjunction with Anthropology 209, Anthropology of American Culture. The Service Learning component is optional and requires the student to work in the community in the field of public art for a minimum of 15 hours during the semester. The instructor has arranged partnerships with Baltimore-based arts organizations including Art With A Heart and Towson ARTS Collective.
Students who do not choose the Service Learning option are required to do an extended library research project.
Contact the instructor to see whether a specific section of Anth 209 has been designated a Service Learning Course.
ARED 381-383, City Kids Art Program, ongoing KayBroadwater The project goal is to bring urban youth from Baltimore City to the Towson University setting where they will have the opportunity to explore the arts in a teaching and learning partnership with art education students. This program has an overarching goal to break down stereotypes and to encourage the urban youth to gain a vision for continuing their education. The impact of the program is significant. Considerable research has been done which shows that the program has assisted in student teaching and learning. Attendance is excellent. Attitudes and assumptions have changed on the part of the children and especially the university students. Many children express aspirations for finishing high school and attending college.
Art and the Child 371.001,002, Art and the Child, Fall and Spring semesters RiselleAbrams This service learning initiative will provide and inspire Elementary Education majors in the “Art and the Child” course to be facilitators of active and hands on learning for diverse and inclusive communities. This initiative will enable students to analyze and reflect on the service learning experience as well as provide opportunities through art to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for a variety of cultures and art forms. The value of the project will be an exposure to diverse cultures and communities as well as provide the students with real life experience teaching inner city children art integrated lessons. The inner city students will be exposed to the college setting, facilities and will benefit from working with Elem. Ed. student teachers and experiencing art lessons that are lacking in their community school. Student teachers will be prepared and will receive support in writing , researching and preparing art lesson plans, stages of artistic development, learning styles, and topics for multicultural or art integration. (This activity will mainly focus on and be available for Elementary Education Majors.)
BIOL 382/582 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics , Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics, Costa Rica , ongoing LizShearer Study in Central America in Summer 2012 with TU Professor Sarah Haines. This program provides a unique opportunity for students to use nationally recognized environmental education materials from Project Learning Tree (a division of the American Forest Foundation) in a tropical setting. Students will use Project Learning Tree materials to apply ecological concepts to environmental education and the use and management of natural resources in Costa Rica. Students will work side-by-side with local community members to complete environmental action projects. Through hands on experience, participants will develop an awareness and appreciation for the local culture and environment.
The program is based at the Selva Verde Lodge and Rainforest Reserve - a haven for nature enthusiasts, hikers, birders and general travelers. Committed to conservation and preservation, Selva Verde carries and supports the Certification for Sustainable Tourism.
Program highlights include a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarpiqui River, a tour of InBio Parque nature theme park, birdwatching walks at Selva Verde Lodge, a hike into the Selva Verde Reserve guided by a local wildlife expert, and a visit to the Arenal Volcano.
Housing: Participants will stay at lodges and hotels with students sharing rooms with one or more classmates. Accommodations include the Selva Verde Lodge located in the heart of the rainforest.
BIOL 447/547: Tropical Field Ecology in Peru , Tropical Field Ecology in Peru, May 26 - June 19, 2011 HaraldBeck Are you ready for an adventure? Experience Peru in summer 2011 with TU Professor Harald Beck. This program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to conduct ecological research in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest in Peru. Participants will spend time in the city of Cusco and visit different major tropical ecosystems to study their abiotic, biotic, and ecological settings. After a 3-day boat trip on the Manu River, students will arrive at the remote Cocha Cashu Biological Station in Manu National Park - one of the largest and most pristine rainforest reserves in the world.
At the site, students will carry out their independent research projects in teams including data collection, statistical analyses, and writing a journal style manuscript. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with other researchers from national and international research institutions while staying at the field station. Through lectures, seminars, and hikes, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of tropical ecology and be exposed to the Peruvian culture and people.
Program highlights include a visit to the lost city of Machu Picchu, a bus trip across the Andes mountain range, and numerous hikes and night-walks to explore the different local tropical habitats.
Peruvian Amazonian Study: Towson University Thinking Outside
Housing: Tent camping in the rainforest, hotels and lodges including Pantiacolla Lodge.
Program Director: Dr. Harald Beck - Towson University Dept. of Biological Sciences.
Course: BIOL 447/547: Tropical Field Ecology in Peru (4 credits). Students may fulfill units toward their Latin American Studies elective requirements in consultation with the Latin American Studies program director prior to departure. TU students may receive Honors credit for their study abroad experience.
Honors College credit
Cost: *Approx. $4,100 includes academic credit, housing, health insurance, roundtrip airfare, excursions, and most meals. Additional costs include $150 study abroad fee, any meals not included, and personal expenses.
*The Towson University Study Abroad Office reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise.
Eligibility: Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, a high school diploma or equivalent experience, and be at least 18 years old.
Application Process: Fill out the application and submit it to the TU Study Abroad Office. $250 deposit is required at time of application. Non-TU undergraduate students must also submit a completed Non-Degree Enrollment Application. Non-TU graduate students must also submit an Application for Graduate School.
Non-Degree Enrollment Application (PDF) (Non-TU students only)
Application for Graduate School (PDF) (Non-TU students only)
Application Deadline: MARCH 15, 2011. Admission is on a rolling basis. Early application is advised as space is limited.
For further information: Contact Dr. Harald Beck, Dept. of Biological Sciences, 410-704-3125 or the TU Study Abroad Office.
Study Abroad Office
Administration Building, 2nd Floor
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
DFST 318; Social Services in the Deaf Community, DFST 318; Social Services in the Deaf Community, Fall only SherylCooper "Social Services in the Deaf Community" is an upper-level class in the Deaf Studies major at Towson University designed to introduce students preparing for careers in social services with a variety of types of social service agencies, including local, state, and Federal government agencies, private and not-for-profit agencies, and others.