Community Service-Learning

Program Values

Community Engagement

  • Through the Humanities Program, the University of Alberta is able to interact with communities that would not typically have access to post-secondary education. As a result, the university has a more visible presence in Edmonton’s inner city.
  • The Humanities Program aims to promote student engagement with the broader political public realm via critical thinking, reflection, and dialogue in a respectful environment.
  • The Humanities Program is committed to exploring indigenous cultures and issues.

Urban & Civic Engagement

  • Offering free university-level courses in the humanities to individuals who wouldn't otherwise have access to critical learning spaces in an accessible setting is a prime example of the urban and civic engagement.
  • The Humanities Program currently depends on a strong partnership with The Learning Centre and Wings of Providence; we will continue to foster reciprocal relationships between the University and the broader community.

Enriching Graduate Student Experience

  • Over half of our volunteer instructors have been graduate students. Teaching in an unconventional classroom setting, encourages graduate students to think about pedagogy as well as how to make their emerging expert knowledge understandable to a more general audience.

Enriching the University Community and Community Engagement within the University

  • Humanities instructors have consistently remarked that teaching in the Humanities Program has challenged them to reflect on and refine the ways they teach in their conventional university classrooms.
  • Volunteer instructors come from many faculties and departments, including English and Film Studies, Comparative Literature, Native Studies, Philosophy, Education, Library and Information Studies, Sociology, Rural Economy, Anthropology.