Service Learning in Medical Humanities

HPSC-X470 — Spring 2024

Leah Savion
Course Description

This is a second 8 week course.

Service learning is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets community needs and reflect on the service activity for an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. As an innovative pedagogy, this service-learning course offers more structure and advantages over other experimental learning, such as volunteerism and internship.

In-class studies (50% of the course time) complete the material covered in X125 from the textbook written for the Critical Medical Humanities minor. These highly interactive, student-centered studies, focus on mental disorders and intellectual disabilities. The goal of this final course is to gain a deeper understanding of the minor’s content, achieve a broader appreciation of the discipline’s theories and concepts, and in particular pave the ways to combat the deterioration of the public trust in the medical profession and institutions.