CSC 33939 - Summer Service Learning Program Neuroscience Course: Plasticity and Compassion

Description
This course is exclusively for Neuroscience and Behavior majors who have completed SC 20450/NSBH 20450 seeking to apply the SSLP course towards the NSBH major and have been admitted to the Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) who participate in eight-week summer service learning placements sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and domestic Notre Dame Clubs. The application period for the SSLP is open from November 1 to February 1 and can be found online at https://socialconcerns.nd.edu/sslp. All students in the SSLP must register for an SSLP-specific course. Most students take THEO 33936: Kinship on the Margins, a three-credit course graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. In lieu of THEO 33936, NSBH majors who fulfill the prerequisites may elect to take this three-credit letter-graded (A-F) course with additional academic requirements. Students enroll in the course for the semester when they return to campus following their summer immersion, but the academic work of the three-credit course takes place before, during, and after student participation in the eight consecutive week summer immersion. The goals of the Neuroscience SSLP course are threefold: 1) Reflect on one's daily service experiences using assigned course readings drawn from neuroscience and from theology; 2) understand how neuroscientific concepts help to explain human behavior and how one's current state is affected by one's past experiences; 3) apply neuroscientific understanding to cultivate greater compassion in responding to individuals who exhibit non-typical behaviors. Coursework includes: four mandatory class sessions in April (large group class with all SSLP students 5-6:30 pm on April 9 or 10, April 16 or 17, and April 23 or 24; AND one additional small group class session with students in NSBH 3xxxx); weekly assigned readings; daily writing assignments throughout eight-week summer immersion; completion of SSLP Final Project and neuroscience essay, and participating in three follow-up class sessions on campus following the immersion at a time to be determined. All coursework is completed within the first five weeks of the fall semester. COMMENTS: Permission required to enroll. Must apply to the SSLP online at http://socialconcerns.nd.edu and be accepted to the SSLP before enrolling. After your SSLP placement is determined and prior to March 10, contact Ben Wilson, SSLP Director, at bwilson2@nd.edu to request permission to register for Neuroscience SSLP course. Course is capped at 25 students.
Credits
3
Attributes
CSTE - CST Elective, NSBH - Neuroscience elective, PSCE-Povrty Studies Experientl, PSIM - Poverty Studies Elect., ZCSC-Commnty Engagmnt Course
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Recent Semesters
Fall 2019
Avg. Class Size
25
Avg. Sections
1