SVLG1006 Making a Difference: Civic Participation and Social Change

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective
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, it explores local and global possibilities for the exercise of active citizenship, and it invites and supports students to explore and develop their own pathways to being an active citizen. Content areas include community connection and action, volunteering, donating, advocacy and governance, and social entrepreneurship.
Students are able to (1) critically evaluate the concept of active citizenship, including its historical and cultural meanings and emergent possibilities; (2) identify preferred pathways for enacting civic participation and social change; (3) exercise self-awareness that supports meaningful connection with others and respectful collaboration; (4) identify and engage with key local, national and/or global organisations that support active citizenship; and (5) adopt approaches that emphasise values of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective Journal; (2) case study; and (3) digital story. 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 Helena Kadmos
Contact hours
Seminars: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks
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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