Encountering difficult knowledge: Service-learning with Sociology and Political Science undergraduates

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dc.contributor.author Tansey, Lorraine
dc.contributor.editor Supple, Briony en
dc.contributor.editor Delahunty, Tom en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-05T09:47:05Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-05T09:47:05Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Tansey, L. (2019) 'Encountering difficult knowledge: Service-learning with Sociology and Political Science undergraduates', Learning Connections 2019: Spaces, People, Practice, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 5-6 December, pp. 136-140. doi: 10.33178/LC.2019.27 en
dc.identifier.startpage 136
dc.identifier.endpage 140
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10708
dc.identifier.doi 10.33178/LC.2019.27
dc.description.abstract Community based learning or service learning is a dynamic pedagogical opportunity for students to engage with their discipline in light of social concerns. This presentation will share the key challenges sociology students and lecturer encounter when working with charities and nonprofits with social justice missions. Students are asked to face what Pitt and Britzman (2003) call “difficult knowledge” in classroom readings and discussions on complicity to poverty and racism. The community engagement experience with local charities allows for a dialogue with the scholarly literature grounded in practical experience. Sociology students are challenged to see the institutional and wider structural inequalities upstream while working in community with a direct service role downstream. Taylor (2013) describes student engagement within this type of teaching tool that is critical of the status quo. Hall et al. (2004) argue that the classroom is best placed to navigate this new terrain whereas student volunteering independently might not facilitate reflection and academic literature. Students with a wide variety of needs engage with communities in different ways and lecturers may need to adjust and demonstrate flexibility to facilitate all learning environments. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.publisher National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education en
dc.rights © 2019, the Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. en
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dc.subject Community based learning en
dc.subject Service learning en
dc.subject Charities en
dc.subject Non-profit en
dc.subject Social justice en
dc.subject Poverty en
dc.subject Racism en
dc.subject Complicity en
dc.subject Community engagement en
dc.subject Inequalities en
dc.subject Reflection en
dc.title Encountering difficult knowledge: Service-learning with Sociology and Political Science undergraduates en
dc.type Conference item en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Lorraine Tansey, National University of Ireland, Galway en
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dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.conferencelocation University College Cork, Cork, Ireland en


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