Social Problems

Angel Parham
College of Social Sciences

Students in this course have the option of completing a service learning placement or a placement in the Community Host Program (see description below agencies).

Time commitment: 15 hours

Transportation time credit
Taking more than one service learning class?

Learning objective: This course is intended to provide all of us with the tools to critically reflect on and study social problems. Our work in class provides concepts and theories for analysis while our time at service learning sites will provide experiences that help us to evaluate or test these different concepts and theories.

Preapproved service learning placements:

Anna's Arts for Kids (weekday tutoring)
APEX Youth Center
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Elevate New Orleans (tutoring only)
Freret Neighborhood Center (one-on-one tutoring only)
Good Shepherd School
Lafayette Academy Reading Room
NET Charter High School
New Orleans College Preparatory Academies
Orleans Public Defenders
St. Stephen Catholic School
STAIR: Start the Adventure in Reading
Wilson Charter School

As an alternative to service learning, students with professor's approval may participate in the Community Host Program.

The Community Host Program provides an opportunity for students to more closely engage with and learn about the challenges of living in low-income communities. Students selecting this option will be matched with a host family from the New Orleans area that lives in a low-income community.

Students will visit the community household several times during the semester and during the course of the visits get to know something of the community and the family that is acting as host. Hosts will invite students to participate in meals, discussions, and community events. Students will be expected to make a minimum of 4 visits and to spend a minimum of 15 hours with your host. In addition to being respectful, listening attentively, and learning from a host, students will be expected to keep a descriptive and analytical journal of your experience, linking it to what we are reading about and discussing in class.


How to get started with your service learning placement

  1. Watch the video "Getting Started with Your Service Learning Placement."
  2. Take this quiz to make sure you know everything you need to know about the placement process.
  3. Get your placement on time.  Submit your acceptance form before the deadline.
  4. Document all your hours using a service learning timesheet. Submit timesheets to the service learning office twice per semester (midterm and last day of the semester). Check the Loyola Service Learning Calendar for deadlines.
  5. Know that your agency supervisor will submit a performance evaluation on your work at the end of the semester. This evaluation will be go to your professor and incorporated into your class grade.