In the last few classes I have taught in my Social and Political Philosophy course for undergraduates, I have required a service project that is described below. When students first learn of this requirement, some are resistant; others are scared and most do not see how this requirement relates to the content of the course. After the project is complete, almost all are pleased with the experiential knowledge they have gained and many continue this service even though it is no longer required.
The class overwhelmingly favored the project and felt it should be continued. As each group reported, there was a powerful emotional response of the class members to their experience. Some even verged on tears as they described their reactions to meeting these marginalized persons. I am quoting from some of the report handouts and papers turned in to me at the conclusion of the last class.