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Unit Overview


Active citizenship is becoming increasingly important around the world in the context of complex and unpredictable problems and systems. There are also many different options available to us regarding how we might choose to act as responsible citizens through civic participation and social change.

This unit contextualises emergent approaches to active citizenship against a cross-cultural history of the concept. Through classroom discussion and drawing on practical experience, the unit explores local and global possibilities for the exercise of active citizenship, and invites and supports students to explore different pathways to being active citizens. Content areas include community connection and action, volunteering, donating, advocacy and governance, and social entrepreneurship.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) critically evaluate the concept of active citizenship, including its historical and cultural meanings and its emergent possibilities; (2) identify preferred pathways for enacting civic participation and social change; (3) examine a social issue and its causes, including the opportunity to appreciate the influence of the wider social, cultural, economic and/or political contexts; (4) identify and evaluate key local, national and/or global individuals and/or orgnanisations that support active citizenship; and (5) demonstrate effective communication and respectful collaboration, and practice values of equity, diversity and inclusion.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar activities

(this includes seminar participation, a journal, and a presentation); (2) literature review; and (3) final assessment - group work (report or video). Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Catherine Martin
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).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
NA (estimated cost - NA).
Contact hours
Seminars: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks or 1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial in hybrid teaching mode to cater for changing circumstances
Please visit the McCusker Centre for Citizenship website to understand more about how this unit intersects with the broader mission and activities of the Centre:
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.