Service Learning

In this didactic method, students connect the scientific contents of university teaching (learning) with charitable commitments (service). Service Learning can be carried out in almost all subject areas. In local projects covering a concrete requirement of cooperative partners (e.g. schools or charitable organisations), students apply the knowledge gained in their studies. This strengthens their own understanding of the knowledge and its relevance. The method is also character building, as it encourages a reflection process.

Social responsibility as a part of the task of education is a particular emphasis of the future strategy of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität “Graduates of Kiel University should have learned to assume responsibility for fairness and sustainability” (see the CAU Strukturentwicklungsplan (structural development plan) for the 2012-2016 period).

As an innovative teaching and learning method, Service Learning is embedded in the Federal Government’s National Engagement Strategy and in Education for Sustainable Development in Germany.

The CAU’s Service Learning Coordination Office provides information, advice and support to:

  • Lecturers of all subjects who want to implement Service Learning into their courses in networking and further education,
  • Lecturers and students in initiating and planning specialised Service Learning courses within the curriculum,
  • Students who are already socially committed, and want to take on supplementary courses,
  • Those networking with partners in practical experience and experts for social commitment in Kiel.