|Details for undergraduate courses|
|Content||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.|
|Outcomes||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.|
|Assessment||Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) report from the service learning provider; (2) peer group blogging reflection; and (3) final report (which may take a range of forms including an essay, report, digital story or photo essay). 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 (for further information contact Neysa Cloonan)|
|Contact hours||internship experience: approximately 90 hours; McCusker Centre attendance: approximately 10 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.|
Students wishing to undertake this unit 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.