SVLG1002 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This internship gives students applied experience of the contexts and strategies associated with such fields as social justice, human rights, community development, activism, capacity building, advocacy, consciousness raising, environmental conservation or the provision of care. The objective is to provide structured and approved service learning in partnership with a community-based organisation, for credit towards an undergraduate degree. The service learning balances academic rigour with practical relevance in a context of civic engagement, to furnish students with a broad and rich educational experience. The unit is only available to students who participate in service learning experiences approved by the unit coordinator. The service learning (1) integrates participation in a real-world community service experience with guided reflection on the civic ethos of that experience; and (2) combines community service with educational processes and objectives so that the service is beneficial to both the recipient and the provider. Students undertake 100 hours of work, supplemented by activities and assessments that prompt them to articulate and critically reflect upon the meanings and responsibilities of citizenship.
Students are able to (1) engage in real work in a community service context; (2) demonstrate professional responsibility and citizenship by using their knowledge and skills to better the environment in which the community service experience takes place; (3) reflect, think deeply and discuss cogently how the service experience affected them and supported their learning about civic engagement and responsibility; and (4) present an evidence-based argument about the reciprocity of the service learning experience, demonstrating that both the service recipients and the student gained from the exchange.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) report from the service learning provider; (2) journal reflection; and (3) final presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray
Unit rules
Permission/approval is required to enrol.
SVLG1005 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship (0 credit points)
Contact hours
internship experience: approximately 100 hours; McCusker Centre attendance: approximately 6 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 2 [SEM-2 ]
This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.

Students wishing to undertake a McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship must obtain permission to enrol by visiting the McCusker Centre website and submitting an expression of interest by the published deadline for the desired semester. See
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.