Community Service Learning

At MRU, Community Service Learning (CSL) is a dynamic teaching method, offering students the opportunity to positively impact local and global communities through hands-on experiences integrated into their coursework.

CSL's distinctive pedagogical approach weaves together academic knowledge, immersive community experiences, and the opportunity for critical reflection, to interrogate the connection between theory and practice.

In 2013, MRU introduced the CSL Citation to recognize and celebrate student engagement. This distinction is documented as a co-curricular record in student transcripts, acknowledging the university’s commitment and the students’ achievements in CSL.

Earning this citation involves completing three CSL designated courses, totalling a minimum of nine credits, that actively incorporate community engagement.

CSL-designated courses require at least twenty hours of service to a community partner, contributing a minimum of 15% to each course grade. Some courses go even further, featuring CSL projects that account for 100% of the course assessment, involving over 100 hours of dedicated project work.

Available in every faculty at MRU, CSL courses span a variety of disciplines. Since its inception, hundreds of students, including graduates from programs like Nursing, Public Relations, Information Design, Chemistry, and Child Studies, have received the CSL Citation.

The Academic Development Centre provides support for CSL, assisting with curriculum design, research, and the development of designated CSL courses.

Learn more about specific resources and answers to frequently asked questions by visiting our Faculty, Student, and Community Partner pages dedicated to Community Service Learning.


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