SVLG2001 Community Impact Studies

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Students learn basic social research techniques that will equip them to engage in impact studies in partnership with community based organisations. In negotiation with these organisations, students identify an issue that the community-based group wishes to explore, such as a needs based analysis or a program evaluation, and conduct the necessary data collection and analysis and present the organisation with a report.

As a service learning exercise the objectives of this unit are to (1) integrate participation in a real world community service experience with guided reflection on the civic ethos of that experience; and (2) combine community service with educational processes and objectives so that the service is beneficial to both the recipient and the provider.
Students are able to (1) employ appropriate research skills to evaluate the community problem; (2) demonstrate the ability to critically think and problem solve by utilising diverse data sources; (3) demonstrate a range of oral and written communication skills appropriate for varying audiences; (4) demonstrate productive teamwork attributes and skills including leadership, organisation, negotiation and responsibility; and (5) utilise reflective practice to develop a deeper understanding of reciprocal community engagement and service.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) group impact report; (2) group presentation; (3) individual community partner report; and (4) individual learning blog. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the group impact report component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lee Partridge
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
SVLG1001 Fundamentals of Service Learning
SVLG1002 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship (formerly Service Learning Experience)
Approved quota: 40—academic merit, results achieved in SVLG1001 Fundamentals of Service Learning, and/or SVLG1002 Service Learning Experience
Contact hours
blended learning: 30 hours; working in community research setting: 60 hours
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.
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