Service Learning Curriculum Design Series

Experienced service learning faculty facilitate curriculum development workshops and provide individual consultation to assist interested faculty in developing new or revising existing courses to integrate service learning.
Curriculum Development Funds of up to $1,000 will be made available to faculty who complete a successful redesign of their course syllabus and teach the Service Learning course in the following Academic Year with the intention to teach the Service Learning course in future semesters.
Completed courses will be reviewed for compliance with the CSULB Policy on Service Learning (#19-13).

  • Syllabus revision
  • Developing learning objectives for service-learning activities
  • Guided critical reflection
  • Developing appropriate community partnerships
  • Managing risk
  • CSULB Policy on Service Learning and certifying your service learning course

Are you a tenured/tenure-track faculty or a full time lecturer interested in incorporating Service Learning into one of your courses? We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 Service Learning Curriculum Design workshop series. You should apply if you:

  • Want to incorporate Service Learning into an existing or new course that you will be teaching in the following Academic Year;
  • Have a general idea of how Service Learning would fit within your course;
  • Have identified potential community partner sites or types of sites appropriate for the course;
  • Have the support of your chair to teach the course in the future; and
  • Are able to attend all four curriculum workshops and complete workshop homework.

  • Obtain a letter of support from your department chair that can be uploaded with the online application
  • Have a recent syllabus or SCO that can be uploaded with the online application (this is optional)
  • Go to the SL Curriculum Design Series Application.
Four staff members standing under sun shade

Top Left to bottom left (Mitra Baghdadi, Dr. Kara Miller, Dr. Scott Wilson, and Dr. Karen Quintiliani)

The Department of Anthropology developed four new Service Learning (SL) courses this academic year!

These courses are designed not only to impart knowledge but also to inspire action and community engagement. By weaving community involvement throughout the curriculum, the Department of Anthropology is not only educating the minds of its students but also nurturing compassionate citizens committed to positive societal change. These courses reflect a commitment to academic excellence and community betterment, and we can't wait to see the transformative experiences they offer to students and the impact and success stories that emerge from these pioneering courses.


ANTH 155: Medical Technologies & Human Bodies

Dr. Kara Miller

Medical Technologies & Human Bodies takes students on a holistic exploration of the intricate relationship between medical technologies and the human body. The instructor guides students through the complex web of social, political, and historical factors that shape medical dilemmas and breakthroughs. Rooted in a commitment to social justice and equity, this course equips students to champion human welfare. Structured service projects provide hands-on experience, allowing students to address real-world health disparities and local challenges while collaborating with organizations dedicated to making a difference.

ANTH 416/516: Urban Anthropology

Dr. Karen Quintiliani

Urban enthusiasts will find their passion ignited in ANTH 416/516. This course charts the evolution of urban theory in the United States and around the world. It delves deep into the symbolic and cultural construction of urban spaces, examining the profound sense of place cultivated through community activities and social interactions. To enrich their understanding, students engage directly with local community partners and organizations.

ANTH 428/528: Historical Ethnography

Dr. Karen Quintiliani

Historical Ethnography introduces students to historical ethnography—an interdisciplinary research approach that combines participant observation, interviews, and archival analysis. It traces the rise of historical ethnography as a specialized field, equipping students with key theoretical and methodological tools for documenting cultural change processes. Students collaborate with Long Beach community partners on research projects that construct inclusive community narratives.

ANTH 431/531: New Media Ethnography

Dr. Scott Wilson

New Media Ethnography is a bridge between anthropology, film, and human-centered design. This course challenges students to leverage cutting-edge technologies to address community-identified needs. Through collaboration with community groups and organizations, students are empowered to tackle pressing social issues and drive positive change. This course also offers hands-on training in applied visual anthropology, enabling students to create media products that contribute to community betterment.