Service Learning or Learning through Engagement (LdE) is a method used by the teaching staff at our university to combine the social commitment of students with their professional training. In this context, students get involved outside the university context. This can be in schools, associations or companies, for example. There they apply their academic knowledge and at the same time expand it in a practical way.
SERVICE LEARNING - HOW IT AFFECTS THE POPULATION
The Faculty of History, Arts and Regional Sciences (GKR) plays a pioneering role in the field of service learning at the University of Leipzig. The projects that have emerged from various social needs to date have grown in their variety from the individual commitment of individual teachers. They are linked to personal research interests and the activation of personal contacts in civil society.
The aim of courses in the field of Service Learning is to work together with students to have an impact on society and to support actors in their work with scientific expertise. For the students, this means practice-oriented and applied learning: they support concrete projects in practice with their specialist knowledge and allow the experience gained there to flow back into their everyday university life.
Service Learning reacts with high flexibility to current socio-political developments. In this way, the GKR supports existing activities, makes them more permanent where necessary and develops new formats according to social demand.
SELECTED EXAMPLES AT TEACHING EVENT AND MODULE LEVEL
Sociology at the Oriental Institute
In order to be able to react to the social challenges that have arisen in Germany as a result of the international flight movements since 2015, lecturers at the Oriental Institute designed new courses and adapted the contents of existing modules. The module "Arabic Language V - Community Interpreting" prepares language mediators for working with refugees. To this end, topics such as interpreting during visits to the authorities, doctors' visits or finding accommodation were integrated into the lessons.
The key qualification module "Integration work in volunteer work" includes semester-related activities within an institution or initiative to support migrants. The evaluation takes place in block courses together with the practice partners. The course offering is supported by the volunteer coordinator for refugee work at Johanniter e.V. Claudia Geppert.
The bachelor art education out of school has six elective modules in the focal point for professional orientation, which introduce students to working with health or socially disadvantaged people. There is close cooperation with the Regis-Breitingen juvenile detention center, the workshop for disabled people and the child and youth psychiatry department.
In the transdisciplinary Bachelor of Theater Studies and the transcultural Master of Theater Studies, the firmly established modules (theory-practice and art-science transfer) are a compulsory part of the curriculum. The CCT (Centre of Competence for Theatre) coordinates the changing offers of cooperation partners from the theater practice.
SELECTED EXAMPLES ON THE LEVEL OF PROJECT-RELATED INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS
With the participation and contributions of students of Arabic Studies, Ethnology and Religious Studies, the publication Muslime in Sachsen has been published.
Background: Book project of the Sächsischen Landeszentrale für politische Bildung
Joint development and provision of free teaching and learning materials by students and staff of history didactics as Open Educational Resources (OER) for the Department of History
(Supported by LaborUni, 4th project cohort 2014/15)
Background: Opening and exchange between university teacher training, school practice as well as local, regional and global culture of remembrance
Museum for All (LaborUni project, 8th project cohort 18/19) (Classical Archaeology and Art Education)
Background: Creation of museum offers for blind and visually impaired people
Cooperations: Vladimir Filatov School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, German Central Library for the Blind Leipzig
Background: Scientific preparation and monitoring of the international senior theatre festival "stAGE!
cooperations: CCT, Federation of German Amateur Theatres, Federal Working Group for Senior Theatre
Event organization and realization in the Moritzbastei Leipzig
Background: International Kulturbörse Freiburg, trade fair for stage production, music and street theater
Cooperation: Moritzbastei Leipzig, International Cultural Exchange Freiburg
contact: Kathrin Müller-Beck
Background: Results of an interdisciplinary teaching project started in the summer semester 2013 between the University of Leipzig and the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB). It was initiated by the StiL subproject Leipziger Sammlungsinitiative.
Cooperation: between the HGB, the Egyptian Museum, the Museum of Antiquities and the Collection of Pre- and Early History with exhibitions in 2014 at the HGB, the Egyptian Museum and the Museum of Antiquities.