For Pitt Business students, this course fulfills a foreign culture requirement, a social sciences requirement, an elective towards the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the functional elective towards the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics.
This course explores service learning as a form of active learning that values critical thinking and problem solving. When service-learning is effectively implemented, students gain in measures of academic achievement, citizenship, and leadership competence. There are several components of the service learning (SL) approach:
- SL uses community service as the vehicle for the attainment of students' academic goals and objectives.
- Community service fills a need in the community through volunteer efforts. Service-learning also fills that need, but it uses that need as a foundation to examine ourselves, society, and the future. Further, service-learning provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations.
- SL identifies in advance and tracks specific learning objectives and goals.
- Students perform a valuable, significant, and necessary service which has real consequence to a community, organization or other stakeholder group.
- SL enhances student learning by joining theory with experience and thought with action; it also helps students to see the relevance of academic subject to the real world.
- SL also builds leadership competence through practice, reflection and active engagement.
Upon completion of the course, students will have accomplished the following:
- Developed an understanding of the concept of servant leadership and how it explains the inextricable link between ethics and effective leadership.
- Studied the key characteristics of servant leadership and how they related to and impact both personal and business success.
- Enhanced one's project management skills by working as part of a team on a servant leadership project.
- Develop critical leadership skills such as conflict resolution, negotiations and high impact communication.
- Applied course concepts to a relevant example in the service learning project, in which the teams work on a specific external project related to leadership, social responsibility, and ethics in business.
- Applied course concepts using a case analysis, business plan, and/or presentation to a client.