One of the goals of this seminar is to help students develop their capacity to solve strategic, real-world problems by working collaboratively in the classroom, on campus, and in the West Philadelphia community. They will help contribute to the improvement of education on campus as well as to the improvement of university-community relations. They do this by working as members of research teams that help to contribute to solving universal problems (e.g., poverty, poor schooling, inadequate health care) as they are manifested in Penn’s local geographic community of West Philadelphia.
Seminar students are expected to work approximately 2 hours/week at one of the Netter Center’s partner high schools (Sayre or West Philadelphia). They will be matched with juniors or seniors at the high school and work one-on-one on issues of post-secondary planning. Their service work may directly or indirectly inform their research and proposals.
By engaging students in the problem solving learning process, the seminar will empower students to produce, not simply consume, societally useful knowledge, as well as function as lifelong, active, contributing citizens of a democratic society.