What are Service-Learning courses?

As a learning format, Service-Learning specifically combines academic learning and civic engagement. Students, teachers and partners contribute to Service-Learning courses on an equal footing. This enables them to put what is learned into practice, reflect on research and address socially-relevant issues – bringing added value to everyone involved. As part of the EU- and DAAD-funded CIVIS project, our Service-Learning courses gain an international dimension. The five major challenges CIVIS aims to respond to are (1) Health, (2) Cities, Territories and Mobilities, (3) Digital and Technological Transformation, (4) Climate, Environment and Energy, (5) Society, Culture, Heritage. For more detailed information please click on the links on the right.

Service Learning-Seminare im WS 20/21
Service-Learning Course in SuSe 21

Examples of Service-Learning Courses


Teachers: Katrin Gildner, Johannes Lauterbach, Volker Rekittke, Markus Trämer

Non-university partners: Colibri e. V., FAIRstrickt

Learning content:

  • Human rights in the global supply chain: Understanding issues related to human rights, policy analysis methods
  • “Fast Fashion or Fair Fashion?”: Acquiring journalistic skills
  • Online communications for Fair Fashion: Editorial skills for blogs, conducting interviews, writing skills

Service aspect:

  • Human rights in the global supply chain: Public workshop to present results
  • “Fast Fashion or Fair Fashion?”: Writing a co-authored press article
  • Online communication for Fair Fashion: Planning and producing blog articles


We film: "Das KZ von nebenan" [The concentration camp next door]

Teacher: Dr. Harald Weiß, freelance filmmaker and teacher

Non-university partners: Historic memorials in the Gäu-Neckar-Alb region

Learning contents: Introduction to audio and visual recording and digital editing, documentary film production, conducting interviews, research, planning and organization of film recordings

Service aspect: Work at sites of historic memorials

Result: "Das KZ von nebenan" film

Digital directory for refugees

Teacher: Prof. Dr. Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

Learning content: Teaching basic skills in community social policy and the social rights of EU citizens, acquiring skills in independent research and teamwork, how to create and structure a hierarchy of information, further development and updating of an existing app

Service aspect: Cooperating with representatives from the authorities, associations, etc., that work with immigrants, creating a directory for immigrants

Promotional work for the “Kinder-Uni” (Children’s University)

Teachers: Luisa Blendinger, Katrin Gildner

Non-university partners: "Kinder-Uni" (Children's University) of the University of Tübingen

Learning content: Planning and realizing a workbook with playful and child-appropriate content designed to spark interest in attending the Kinder-Uni. This involves editorial work and learning the basics of media production

Service aspect: Creating a workbook

Result: Workbook