Active Citizenship minor

Engaged citizenship is increasingly important in a world that is global, complex and connected. Knowledge and understanding of the ways citizens can actively participate in their local and national communities is crucial to societal well-being; equally important is informed awareness of what it means to be globally connected where the impacts of social, political and environmental challenges reverberate internationally. The health and sustainability of future societies depends on citizens who are well-informed, resilient and flexible, with skills that are adaptable to changing circumstances and needs.

The aim of this inter-disciplinary Minor is to develop students' capacities to be caring, connected and socially engaged contributors to their communities through practical engagement with industry partners, and critical reflection on personal, community and government responsibility for positive change.

The Minor provides students with opportunities to explore active citizenship theoretically and practically. It is deeply embedded in the needs of the community, placing students in internships with industry partners, and in teams working collaboratively to tackle wicked problems such as entrenched homelessness. Through these real-world engagements, and classroom-based activities, students develop communication skills, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving and design skills, and digital literacy, while also enhancing their work-readiness as emerging professionals. By enabling students to apply their knowledge and skills in different contexts, this program of study will prepare them to be adaptable and socially-engaged citizens.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) discuss the nature of complex issues in the community and different approaches to addressing them; (2) debate the responsibilities of individuals, communities and governments for societal and environmental well-being; (3) apply their knowledge and skills to real projects in professional settings and evaluate their capacity to make a difference; (4) critically reflect on the benefits to both the individual and community through community engagement; and (5) effectively communicate their ideas individually and collectively for a range of purposes.

Unit sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Students complete 4 units, one of which is a McCusker Centre for Citizenship unit. This can be taken at level 1, 2 or 3, but not at more than one level.

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 SVLG1006 Making a Difference: Civic Participation and Social Change
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
N/A SVLG3008 Approaches to Wicked Problems
Prerequisites:
Permission/approval is required to enrol. Students must have completed at least 48 points and have Good Standing Status.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 BUSN2102 Changing the World: Social Innovation, Finance and Enterprise
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 points
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
BUSN1102 Changing the World: Social Innovation, Finance and Enterprise
N/A PHIL2009 Global and Environmental Justice
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Group A—students must complete 6 points from one of Groups A, B or C:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
NS, S1, S2 SVLG1002 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship
Prerequisites:
Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
SVLG2002 SVLG3003 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship (ID 7794)
Group B—students must complete 6 points from one of Groups A, B or C:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
NS, S1, S2 SVLG2002 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship
Prerequisites:
Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
SVLG1002 SVLG3003
Group C—students must complete 6 points from one of Groups A, B or C:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
NS, S1, S2 SVLG3003 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship
Prerequisites:
Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
SVLG1002 SVLG2002