UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SVLG5002 Special unit: McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship (12 credit points)

Credit 12 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Off-campus
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 a graduate coursework 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 graduate 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 270 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 that addresses a global issue; (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 the global issue; 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 and (2) oral presentation and/or written report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray
Unit rules
Prerequisites: Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Contact hours internship experience: approximately 270 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.

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