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

In Their Shoes: Understanding Mental Illness

This seminar gives students the opportunity to learn about mental illness from the personal perspective of those most directly impacted by it: those living with it, family members, and health care providers. 

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 senior-level 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.