Faculty of Business, Technology & Sustainable Development
Bond University’s School of Business offers a series of courses with fully integrated service-learning components available for all study abroad students as of September 2008.
The three courses with service-learning components are:
- Organisational Behaviour (MGMT 11-101) – an introductory (or foundation) management course run every semester (January, May, & September)
- Human Resource Management (MGMT 13-305) – a mainstream management course run during January and September semesters every year
- Negotiation (MGMT 13-321) – an advanced elective management course run during January and September semesters every year
The courses have been selected based on the following criteria:
- a diversity of academic levels accessible for students at any year (introductory through advanced level courses);
- fully-integrated, semester-long service projects;
- deeply embedded projects that relate to more than one course topic area (each of our offerings is referenced in, and integrated into, each of the topic areas throughout the semester);
- clearly identifiable reflective components for the service-learning project using both formative and summative assessment practices; and
- non-exclusive study abroad course offering (with a large number of domestic students enrolled in the course. We believe this type of integration is also important for a high quality study abroad service-learning experience).
The course outlines (i.e., syllabi) are available for perusal. The projects are all semester-long and are worth 30 percent (Organisational Behaviour), 35 percent (Negotiation), and 45 percent (Human Resource Management) of students’ final grades. In the course outlines, you will find brief outlines of the projects; they are referred to as the “Company Project” in Organisational Behaviour, “HR Consultancy Assignment” in Human Resource Management, and “Group Consulting Project” in Negotiation.
In each of the courses, students will be grouped into diverse project teams with students from all over the world.
A full-time faculty member in the School of Business, Dr. Amy Kenworthy-U’Ren, will oversee all of the service-learning project implementations. She is an international award winning service-learning author and practitioner who has been working in the service-learning domain for over 17 years.
A Background to Our Approach
In the context of learning at Bond University’s School of Business, we have the following view of service-learning (also known as “engagement” in the Australian context):
We believe that, at its most fundamental level, service-learning is a teaching tool grounded in the development of partnerships (Jacoby, 2003). Our projects “combine needed tasks in the community with intentional learning goals and with conscious reflection” (Kendall, 1990, p.20). For many of our students’ projects, the service-learning component has been designed using the following definition:
Service-learning projects are “academically rigorous and integrated real-world subject projects where students produce tangible, professional products for use in the local community as they work with and learn from organizations designed to serve community needs” (Kenworthy-U’Ren, 1999, p.382).
To use the words of Barbara Holland, former director of the United States Service-Learning Clearinghouse (now the pro-vice chancellor for engagement at the University of Western Sydney, Australia):