IDS 305




 Immersion Service Learning - Interdisciplinary Studies 305 (IDS 305)

Aimed at 3rd and 4th year students
Offered:  Second Term
Credits:  3
Course Instructor:  Donna MacDonald


The course involves independent writing of a major academic essay, with the support of your faculty instructor/Immersion leader and peers (peer response). Your essay (minimum 20 pages) will require academic references with focused reflection on the integrated course Immersion experience.

As a student in IDS 305, you will have the opportunity to

  • gain insight into a unique international community

  • read and write about a topic you choose related to your Immersion experience

  • take time to reflect deeply on your Immersion experience

  • gain guided experience in writing an in-depth academic essay

Service Learning is an innovative way to integrate experiential learning, academic study, and community service.  It is an opportunity for students from all disciplines to further explore and apply classroom concepts in a community setting. This course can be used as part of DEVS or CLEN requirements or as an elective in any program.

Students will develop their research, writing, and presentation skills through the completion of an academic research paper connected with a virtual Immersion experience in Peru that will be incorporated as part of this course. Students will write and present on a topic of their choice related to their Peruvian virtual Immersion experience.

Over the semester, students participate in virtual interactions with partners in Peru.  The goal of this experience is to support a community facing discrimination, poverty, isolation, poor nutrition and food security issues. Through the reciprocal use of podcasts or photography, students will critically engage with and gain an understanding of the realities in each community. Students will strengthen their engagement and leadership skills while enhancing their learning about development issues and evolving their own perspectives. Students will explore innovative adaptation strategies employed by a Peruvian non-profit civil association in partnership with the isolated communities they serve, to mitigate inequity and create sustainable solutions.



Nexos Comunitarios, is a Peruvian non-profit civil association, formed by a group of citizens, professionals, committed to education and reducing poverty in isolated communities within Peru; and in promoting a better understanding and true respect between different societies and cultures (nationally and internationally).