Experiential Learning Practicum

Last updated: May 22, 2015 at 1:47 p.m.

Experiential Learning Practicum

Brandeis offers a variety of Experiential Learning (EL) practicum courses in all disciplines that focus on both the theoretical and experiential realms of academic topics. Practicums enable students to develop skills, knowledge, and values from practical experiences and ongoing reflection. Practicum courses include projects that can involve research, lab work, community-based learning activities, theater, or art.

The EL practicum may include hands-on experiences relevant to the base course content that engage students intellectually, creatively, socially, physically, and/or emotionally. Practicum activities present opportunities to observe, experience, or engage with the theories learned in class. Structured reflection assignments and processes will enable students to think critically about their experiences and make nuanced connections between theory and practice.

Students may not enroll in an EL practicum course as a standalone course. Practicum courses can be taken either concurrently with the base course or within one year after completing the base course. Should a student drop the base class, enrollment in the associated practicum course may be automatically dropped.

Courses of Instruction

(1-99) Primarily for Undergraduate Students

EL 10a Experiential Learning Practicum
Yields half-course credit.
Offered as part of the Leader-Scholar Community Program.

EL 12b Multimedia Journalism Lab
Corequisites: JOUR 15a, JOUR 138b, or AMST 132b. Course may be taken as a prerequisite within the past year with permission of the instructor. Yields half-course credit.
Students learn the digital recording and editing skills required for the accomplished practice of broadcast and internet-based journalism. Usually offered every semester.
Mr. Dellelo

EL 16a The Immigrant Experience in Waltham: A Service-based Practicum
Corequisite: AAAS 177a, AMST 55a, ANTH 1a, or IGS 10a. Course may be taken as a prerequisite within the past year with permission of the instructor. Yields half-course credit.
Offers hands-on experience through community work with immigrants, applying frameworks and analysis methods of the base course. Students contribute to an organization that addresses the needs of immigrants and reflect on and explore other social justice/social policy issues of interest. Usually offered every semester.
Ms. McPhee

EL 42a Sages and Seekers: A Fieldwork Practicum in Gender across Generations
Corequisite: ANTH 111a or ANTH 144a. Course may be taken as a prerequisite within the past year with permission of the instructor. Yields half-course credit.
Students participate in a 9-week Sages and Seekers program designed to bridge the generational gap between seniors and youth in order to foster the exchange of wisdom and dissolve age-related segregation. each student also designs and carries out an individual fieldwork and/or community service project. Hands-on experiences complement concepts and questions explored through the base classes, regarding aging, gender, and generational change in socio-cultural context. Usually offered every year.
Ms. Lamb

EL 50a The Scholar’s Toolbox: Research Methods and Writing for College and Career Success
Offered exclusively on a credit/no credit basis. Enrollment limited to first-year students who are members of the Student Support Services Program (SSSP). Yields half-course credit.
Examines the fundamentals of performing academic research. Topics include evaluating and analyzing information while thinking critically about current societal matters. The Learning Community culminates in a student research symposium. Offered every fall semester.

EL 60a Experiential Learning Practicum
Corequisite: ED 175a. Yields half-course credit.
Usually offered every year.

EL 94a Experiential Learning Practicum
Prerequisites and corequisites vary by section. Yields half-course credit.