RCCORE 309 - Study Off-Campus
Fall 2022, Section 011
Instruction Mode: Section 011 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
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2 - 3
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing and permission of instructor.
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


The objective of this service-learning course is to offer advanced students of French an opportunity to engage in experiential learning related to community service work. It provides French students with unique service learning opportunities by connecting them with partnered community organizations outside of the University setting which deal with French-speaking immigrant communities. Currently, students volunteer at Freedom House in Detroit, an organization which offers shelter and legal help to victims of persecution seeking asylum in the US, many of whom come from French-speaking Africa. The academic component of the course focuses on the Francophone African countries Freedom House residents are from and introduces students, although superficially, to these countries’ historical, social and cultural contexts. In addition, the US asylum process is explained and discussed. Students are given the opportunity to collaborate with Freedom House’s legal department by doing supervised translation work and they are in charge of organizing a fundraising event benefiting Freedom House. This course can count for the major/minor in French and Francophone Studies and in Romance Languages, as well for the Community Action for Social Change minor under certain conditions. There is a $50.00 lab fee to cover the cost of the vehicle rental and gas and students will have to pay for their background check ($10.00). Please contact Dominique Butler-Borruat (dborruat@umich.edu) for more information.

Course Requirements:

Students receive 2 academic credits, and are required to dedicate 3 hours/week at the site (commute not included); to come prepared to a weekly group session (readings, translations, reflection journals); to complete a midterm and a final project and to organize a fundraiser.

Intended Audience:

Advanced students of French

Class Format:

The course meets one hour every Thursday 4:00 - 5:00. Students go to Freedom House in Detroit every Tuesday 4:00 – 9:00 PM, using a vehicle provided by UM.


RCCORE 309 - Study Off-Campus
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011 (IND)
 In Person
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Tu 4:00PM - 9:00PM
141 (IND)
 In Person

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