WE GET TO CARRY EACH OTHER: USING THE MUSICAL ACTIVISM OF U2 AS A FRAMEWORK FOR AN ENGAGED SPIRITUALITY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COURSE
Saint Mary’s College of California
Engaging Pedagogies in Catholic Higher Education, Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 4, 2015
This article describes a January-term community engagement service-learning college course that used the musical and spiritually-based activism of U2 as an example of engaged spirituality using activism and advocacy. In addition to learning about the history, music, and activism of the band, students were taught a specific set of skills for developing and implementing action plans, and coordinating logistics for advocacy-based events on campus. Students were assigned to apply these skills as the service-learning component of the course. These activities were conceptualized as indirect service that reflected activism and advocacy as a form of engaged spirituality. The article concludes by describing its impact and how learning objectives were met.