Curricular/Course Credit

This form of CSL integrates service to the community with specific course curriculum. The reflection component is incorporated into the design of the course and can vary from journaling and essays to classroom discussion. The hands-on, practical experience in the community allows students to gain a deeper understanding of course content as it applies to local and international contexts.

Students who engage in a CSL Course can expect to dedicate 2-3 hours per week for a duration of 8-10 weeks to their community placement or project (this varies by course)

Are you a student who is interested in taking a course with a community service learning component? Check back regularly as new courses are added!

Are you a community partner who is interested in partnering with a Western CSL course? Please contact Anne-Marie Fischer at 519-661-2111 x89084 or at or fill out a CSL Partner Request Form.

2013-2014 Courses:

CSL Courses with a Local CSL Component (i.e. London/Middlesex)


Course: SPANISH 2200- Intermediate Spanish and SPANISH 3300 –Advanced Spanish Language
Faculty Member: Ana Garcia-Allen (Course Coordinator)
Team Offered: Fall and Winter Terms (1.0 credit)
Course Description:
Spanish 2200:  Combining grammar and communication this course prepares students to discuss, read and write about a variety of topics and to explore ideas about Hispanic culture in relation to their own. Includes a Community Service Learning option. Spanish 3300:  Further development of oral and written skills with systematic acquisition of vocabulary and selective grammar review. Based on a multimedia and communicative approach, this course aims to develop fluency. Discussions, readings, and writing will focus on the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Includes an optional Community Service Learning component.

Course: LINGUIST 2244A – Second Language Acquisition
Faculty Member: Dr. Joyce Bruhn
Team Offered: Fall 2013
Course Description: An overview of research on naturalistic and instructed second language acquisition (SLA). Various aspects of first language and second language learning/acquisition processes provide a framework for consideration of basic questions in SLA. Issues considered include situational factors influencing SLA, learner differences, and cognitive processes in learning a second/foreign language. The course will match students up with members of the London and Western community who are endeavouring to learn a second language.

Course: PHILOSOP 2010F –Philosophy of Food
Faculty Member: Dr. Henrik Lagerlund and Dr. Ben Hill
Team Offered: Fall 2013
Course Description:  A philosophical reflection on food and wine. Issues may include the treatment of animals, moral and political dimensions of genetically modified food, hunger and obligation to the poor, the role of food in gender, personal and national identity, and what role do food and wine play in the good life.

Course:  SPANISH 2216G –Exploring Hispanic Cultures II
Faculty Member: Dr. Victoria Wolff
Team Offered: Winter 2014
Course Description:  Introduction to reading, writing and researching in literature, film, popular culture and digital Spanish. Students develop foundations in these fields through a series of case studies across generic, historical, geographical areas of the Hispanic world. Taught by one core professor in conjunction with different specialists.

Course: PHILISOP 2750G –Philosophy: Ethics in Action
Faculty Member: TBD
Team Offered: Winter 2014
Course Description:  This course examines individual and societal obligations in two complementary ways: first, through the study of philosophical work on moral obligations and, second, through service learning projects. In written work students will be required to integrate what they have learned in the classroom and in volunteer work in the community.

Course: FILM 3312G-Special Topics in Film Studies (Film Studies: Service-Learning)
Faculty Member: Juan Bello
Team Offered: Winter 2014
Course Description: Students will experience the art of narrative and filmmaking through engaging with a  local non-profit organization in the creation of a film that will be of benefit to the organization.

Course:  SPANISH 4511G –Hispanic Studies: Music, Dance, Performance
Faculty Member: Dr. Victoria Wolff
Team Offered: Winter 2014
Course Description:  This course focuses on the performing arts of the Hispanic World and how they incorporate cross-cultural influences and traditions, relate to other art forms such as the literary and visual arts, intersect with the world of mass media and entertainment, and address issues of identity, gender, social (in)justice, and/or resistance.


Course: KINESIOL 2298A-Introduction to Sport Management
Faculty Member: Dr. Laura Misener
Team Offered: 10 projects, 7-10 students (70-100 students)
Course Description:  This course provides an overview of sport and organizational management from a macro perspective. Within this general thrust, emphasis will be placed on the managerial components of decision making and communicating, as well as various functions of management-planning, organizing, staffing, and evaluating. Students will engage in community-based projects with sport organizations in the city of London.

Course:  HEALTSCI 4711A- Gerontology in Practice
Faculty Member: Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic
Team Offered: Fall 2013
Course Description:  This service-learning course provides an opportunity to small groups of students to work alongside community partners on projects related to health and aging. Students research real-life problems, examine theories of aging, critically evaluate current practices and advocate for change. Through reflection, discussion, presentation and an implementation document, students provide innovative solutions for betterment of lives of seniors.

Course: HEALTSCI 3250G –Health Studies: Global Health Promotion
Faculty Member: Dr. Lorie Donelle
Team Offered: Winter 2014
Course Description:  Political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, behavioural and biological factors determine health status. Designed for an interdisciplinary student mix, this course will explore issues identified as significant determinants of health (poverty, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation) and strategies (activism, community development) to promote health within a global context through engaging in health-related projects with local non-profit organizations.

Course: CSD 9531Y -Communication Sciences and Disorders: Aural Rehabilitation (Theory to Practice)
Faculty Member: Dr. Mary Beth Jennings
Team Offered: Fall and Winter Term (1.0 credit)
Course Description: The focus of this course is on the theory, practice, and issues related to the provision of Aural (Re)Habilitation (AR) services to deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing individuals of all ages. The role of the audiologist in the provision of these services, and in partnership with other professions, and consumer-based organizations are explored. AR is procedures and processes designed to support persons with hearing loss and those that communicate with them to optimize communication and prevent negative impacts on well-being and functioning on all aspects of life. Topic areas include AR program development and assessment, communication strategies, impact of the environment on communication, legislation related to accessibility, barrier free and universal design, and assistive technologies.


Course: MUSIC 4812A- Music Education In Action
Faculty Member: Dr. Ruth Wright and Dr. Robert Wood
Team Offered: Fall 2013 & Winter 2014 (2 separate sections, 0.5 credit)
Course Description:  In this course students will explore issues affecting music education in practice through readings, lectures, films and class discussion alongside an 8-week service-learning placement in a school or community music organization in London or the surrounding area. Students will write weekly reflections and take part in an end-of-term group presentation that highlights connections made between their community service and in-class learning.


Course: BIOLOGY 3222F/G-Selected Topics (Restoration Ecology)
Faculty Member: Dr. Daria Kocsinski
Team Offered: Fall 2013
Course Description:  This course will look at restoration ecology theory and ecological restoration in practice. A Community Service Learning component with a local environmental conservation organization will allow students to observe a site that is, or will be, undergoing restoration due to damage or interruption from the site’s natural ecological cycle. Students will be put in groups to write restoration plans on several topics to be provided to, and utilized by, the community partner.


Course: PSYCHOL 3315E –Addictions Research and Theory
Faculty Member: Dr. Riley Hinson
Team Offered: Fall and Winter (1.0 credit)
Course Description: This course introduces students to major topics in the prevention and treatment of various forms of addictive behavior. The course also involves a structured community service learning component in which students will help addictions-related organizations meet their identified needs. This work will not necessarily involve direct client contact.

Course: POLISCI 3317F-Interest Groups and Social Movements
Faculty Member: Dr. Dan Bousfield
Team Offered: Fall 2013
Course Description:  An analytical study of interest groups and social movements. Topics include: theoretical approaches to interest group formation; the role of groups and movements in the policy-making process; their effectiveness as agents of democratic representation. Particular attention will be paid to the role of interest groups in Canada.

Course: POLISCI 3201G –Political Science: International Law
Faculty Member: Dr. Dan Bousfield
Team Offered: Winter 2014
Course Description:  This course explores the political implications of international law. It examines competing approaches and considers the nature of international law. International law is discussed in the context of contemporary issues, including dispute settlement, terrorism, humanitarian intervention, international impunity, the law of the sea, and human rights.

CSL Courses with an International CSL Component


Course: SPANISH 3500G –Community Service Learning (Hispanic Studies: Guatemala)
Faculty Member: Dr. Alena Robin
Team Offered: Winter Term (in-class) and Intersession Term (international)
Course Description:  Learn about the Hispanic world through classroom study and community service learning in a Spanish-speaking country. The course contemplates, culture, history and contemporary social issues. Community Service Learning activities, destination and length of the stay abroad will vary.
See slides from the Info Session here.

Course: SPANISH 2200-Intermediate Spanish; SPANISH 3300 –Advanced Spanish Language ( Intermediate and Advanced Spanish: Cuba CSL)
Faculty Member: Fiona Hurley (International Coordinator)
Team Offered: Fall and Winter 2013 (1.0 credit), travel during Reading Week  
Course Description:
 Combining grammar and communication this course prepares students to discuss, read and write about a variety of topics and to explore ideas about Hispanic culture in relation to their own. Includes a Community Service Learning trip to Cuba over Reading Week.

Course: FRENCH 3140B- Rwanda: Culture, Society ( Rwanda: History, Society and Reconstruction)
Faculty Member: Dr. Henri Boyi
Team Offered: Winter Term (in-class) and Intersession Term (international)
Course Description:  An Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning Course on Rwanda, the students are first introduced to Rwanda, its history, its culture and the impact of the 1994 genocide. They then travel to Rwanda for a five-week trip, where they are placed in community organizations to witness, and help with, the reconstruction efforts.

Other Experiential Learning Opportunities


Course: ENGLISH 2018A: The Culture of Leadership I
Faculty Member: Dr. Joel Faflak; Course Facilitator: Josh Lambier
Term Offered: Fall 2013
Course Description: This course addresses the complex nature of leadership – the social, moral, and ethical dilemmas faced by women and men put in the hot seat of speaking and acting for others – as represented in key works of literature and culture. What role does a leader play: hero, manager, thinker, strategist, artist, figurehead, authority, imagineer, dictator, star? What does culture teach us about leadership, and how does it train us as leaders?
Through lectures, discussions, and a variety of assignments from personality assessments to community leadership interviews, we will debate the diverse and often conflicting attributes of leadership: organization, intellect, power, intuition, wisdom, morality, feeling, empathy, creativity, charisma.
View the course poster here.

Course: ENGLISH 2018B: The Culture of Leadership II
Faculty Member: Dr. Joel Faflak; Course Facilitator: Josh Lambier
Term Offered: Winter 2014
Course Description: This course addresses how literature and culture take up the issue of leadership as it organizes human relations into social organizations – businesses, political parties, nations, etc. How do groups function as a form of leadership? When do they speak for and against the rights of individuals? We will address both the positive and negative aspects of group leadership, from tribes to empires, democracies to dictatorships, mobs to masses. The class will divide into teams to undertake the major course assignment, a group case study on the creativity of leadership. Key texts include: Shakespeare, Coriolanus; Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians; Morrison, The Bluest Eye; The Hunger Games; The Godfather; The Triumph of the Will. We will also address a variety of recent group phenomena from musical chorus lines and flash mobs to the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring. These will be supplemented by course readings from a variety of sources, from Sun Tzu and Aristotle to Hobbes, Malthus, Marx, Freud, and Disney.
View the course poster here.

Visit the course website to read past interviews of cultural leaders done by students of this course.