The mission of the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University is to “educate students to become more reflective, active, purposeful citizens who strive to improve themselves and our shared world, embodying Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit values and heritage and respecting the principles and traditions of each individual.” What are Jesuit values, why do they matter in your education at SCS, and how do you put them into action in your professional lives? Using the Jesuit pedagogical model of a constant interplay of experience-reflection-action, this course introduces students to the core Jesuit values and engages them by means of lectures, guest speakers, individual reflections, class discussion, and community service experiences outside of the classroom. All students will be responsible for taking on a direct community service activity as part of the class (an average of 1 to 2 hours each week for a total of 20-40 hours over the course of the semester), an experiential learning exercise that will provide data for ongoing individual and group reflections. This course also serves as a gateway to the resources offered at Georgetown for students to explore Jesuit values in greater depth, including opportunities for community-based service, research, and spiritual development. The university’s Office of Mission and Ministry and Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching & Service (CSJ) are highly involved in the delivery of the class. Open to students in all programs offered at SCS, this course is truly interdisciplinary. Taking seriously the encouragement of recent Jesuit General Congregations to seek greater understanding of religions and cultures by robust engagement with them, students will be continually challenged to approach their own practice areas with new eyes by exploring perspectives from the broad and inclusive professional community at SCS. Students should take away from this course a clear understanding of Georgetown’s Jesuit mission and be able to put into action values inspired by a 450-year-old educational tradition and thereby enhance one’s own professional development. Special note: This class is open to and welcomes students from all faith traditions or no faith tradition.
Note: This three-credit elective is open to students in the MALS and MPS programs. In addition to readings and assignments, students commit to 1-2 hours per week of community service with a community-based organization as part of course requirements. Course is delivered in collaboration with the University's Office of Mission and Ministry and the Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching & Service.