Community-Engaged Courses at Binghamton University

Here are some examples of academic service-learning (ASL) and community-engaged learning (CEL) courses offered at Binghamton University.

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Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Tomonari Nishikawa CINE 380J: Curating Film and Video Coordinate, plan, publicize or fundraise for the Binghamton Student Experimental Film Festival downtown Syllabus ASL
Richard A. Kauffman BIOL 282T, NURS 343: Becoming an Everyday Scientist: Neighborhoods and Quality of Life Identify health-related problem within the community and work with community partner to present ideas for solutions Syllabus ASL
Heather D. DeHaan HIST381D: Borderlands of Eastern Europe Conduct an oral interview with
an immigrant from East Central Europe
Syllabus CEL
HIST225/RUS280 Conduct an interview with someone with ethnic origins in  the former Russian Empire Syllabus CEL
Siobhan Hart ANTH 554G/480J: Heritage and Communities Work with Safe Streets of Binghamton to create a beautiful neighborhood
with a positive reputation and engaged community members

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GIS Story Map
Jennifer Stoever ENG 380W:
How We Listen
Collaborate with community residents on a community problem Syllabus

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ReSounding Binghamton Blog
In process
Lisa Yun AAAS 480S/ ENG 450P Community Engagement Students develop intensive research projects that address aspects, histories or needs of immigrant communities that have been marginalized or missing in public discourse and present them to the public. Syllabus ASL
John Cheng AAAS 280E /HIST280: History of Asian/America Students conduct original historical research using genealogical tools and archival materials to compare the lives and experiences of two Asian Americans in the early 20th century. Syllabus CEL
Karen Barzman ARTH 483A/ARTH 583A (cross-listed as SOC 480B): Partnerships in Sustainable Community Revitalization: A "Virtual Incubator" for Micro-Development in Distressed Neighborhoods in Binghamton, NY Students interview Binghamton residents to learn the perceived challenges of getting involved in the revitalization of distressed communities.  Syllabus CEL
School of Management Dina Naples-Layish MGMT 350: Scholars Project Students fundraise for and implement a project based on a community need Syllabus In process
Surinder Kahai MIS 473/573: Information Systems Project Development Teams of students develop information systems projects at a local organization and are supervised by the organization and instructor Syllabus In process
Sumantra Sarkar MIS 323 Teams of undergraduate students will work in the community to do a Systems Analysis project for a community organization. Syllabus CEL
MIS 523 Teams of graduate students will work in the community to do a Systems Analysis project for a community organization. Syllabus CEL
Elena Iankova IBUS 481E, 581A: Doing Business in Emerging Markets Students design and present international exporting strategies for local businesses Syllabus CEL
Watson School of Engineering Congrui Grace Jin ME 577: Mechanics in Energy Applications Graduate students partner with high school students to present research on alternative energy Syllabus CEL
Changqing Cheng SSIE 561: Quality Assurance for Engineer Students work in project teams with community partners to apply research to solve challenging real-world problems  Syllabus CEL
Decker School of Nursing Judy Quaranta Nursing 499: Asthma-based Research Students trained in Open Airways asthma education, implement modules in local elementary schools and produce research Syllabus CEL
Margaret Decker NURS 320: Socialization into the Professional Role I Students interview individuals such as veterans with a focus on therapeutic communication. Syllabus CEL
College of Community and Public Affairs Giovanna Montenegro
(previously: Susan Appe, Nadia Rubaii)

CCPA 464, LACAS 597: Sustainability in an Era of Globalization: History, Culture and Literature of the Andes  Language exchange, build houses, listen to panel on development alternatives in Peru

Syllabus ASL
Susan Appe PAFF: 552 Issues in Nonprofit Administration Students raise and distribute funds to local nonprofits and learn and the essential role nonprofit organizations play in building vibrant communities. Read more at the course website. Syllabus CEL
Elizabeth Mellin CCPA 611: Community and Public Affairs Seminar III Community Systems Doctoral students choose and research a community-based issue, problem, or policy of their choosing through a 5-part, semester-long project. Syllabus CEL
Various Faculty PAFF 595: Capstone Seminar  Research and produce a paper to address a demonstrated  Syllabus CEL
Myra Sabir HDEV 100:
The Study of Human Change
Develop a locally relevant social transformation proposal and present proposed solutions to community organizations Syllabus

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HDEV 334: Narrative Psychology Juniors and seniors interview an elder in the community and write a formal research report based on the interview Syllabus CEL
Diane Crews HDEV 475:
Conduct a marketing campaign, children's nutrition lessons, recruit for cancer study Syllabus ASL
Al Vos HDEV106: Practicum in Leadership and Community Service Students serve at a local organization, write weekly journals, give a presentation about their organization, and write a final capstone reflective essay  Syllabus CEL
HDEV116: Practicum in Leadership and Community Development Students volunteer at local organizations, write weekly journal entries, present a final presentation and write a final capstone reflective essay. Syllabus CEL
Luann Kida (previously Laura Bronstein & Elizabeth Carter CCPA 360:
Community Schools
This course provides an introduction to community schools – using schools as the hubs of communities, an innovative way to serve children and families, and to nurture and sustain communities Syllabus CEL
David Campbell PAFF 225:
Foundations of Civic Engagement
Write a non-profit newsletter, conduct campaign for an organization Syllabus

Community Engagement Assignment
In Process
Graduate School of Education Elizabeth Anderson SPED 522: Collaboration with Families and Staff Students create literacy activities or math games which they teach to children during home visits or family fun nights in local schools. Syllabus ASL
English as a Second Language Program Patricia Alikakos ESL 205/715: Advanced Listening and Speaking English language students attend an off-campus event and write a proposal about a community issue to present to class. Syllabus CEL

 Sustainability in an Era of Globalization: History, Culture and Literature of

the Andes

Last Updated: 3/20/17