SVLG1002 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodUWA (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
Content
The McCusker Centre for Citizenship offers structured, quality internships with not-for-profit, community and government organisations locally, regionally, and globally. Undergraduate students gain insight and experience in areas such as social justice, community development, environmental conservation, the provision of care, human rights, advocacy, community capacity building and activism. Internships involve 100 hours of work, and students' applied experience is supplemented with classes and assessments that contextualise and prompt critical reflection about civic engagement, delivering a broad and rich educational experience.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) engage in real work in a community context; (2) demonstrate professional responsibility and citizenship by using their knowledge and skills to better the environment in which the community 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 evidence of the reciprocity of the experience, demonstrating that both the organisation stakeholders and the student gained from the exchange.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) professional conduct, assessed through a report from the organisational supervisor, and completion of communicative and administrative requirements for the unit; (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
Prerequisites:
Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Some internships may require students to pay for a police check or working with children check. (estimated cost - $11-$55).
Contact hours
internship experience: approximately 100 hours; McCusker Centre attendance: approximately 6 hours
Note
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.

McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internships are awarded through a competitive application process. Submit an application by the published deadline for the desired semester at http://www.mccuskercentre.uwa.edu.au
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