Community-based learning, also known as service learning, is an educational tool that encourages students to learn and explore issues vital to society inside and outside the classroom and instil in students a sense of social responsibility and civic awareness. Students maintain academic credit for the learning that derives from reflecting on the academic experience and ‘service’ within the community. Community-based learning should encourage students to explore issues that are vital to society and community through a mix of methods that could include interviews, surveys and analyses and active participation in different roles in community-based organisations.
This community-based learning module, which is a 5 credit elective module that runs in Semester 2, provides students with an opportunity to reflect in a structured way on their learning from their volunteering and community experience(s). Students should have prior and on-going experience of volunteering.
Core topics include leadership, project management, the nature of community, the role of volunteering and the interlinking of these areas. Students will consider these themes and topics with reference to their own community participation, such an involvement in clubs and/or societies or with a community-based organisation, locally, nationally or internationally.
Students will be guided to develop a portfolio to document their volunteering and community experience, reflect on key learning from this experience and consider how this has helped form personal and professional values and competences (e.g. communication, negotiation, teamwork and problem-solving skills).
Students will have an opportunity in this module to learn about themselves as learners, engage their critical thinking and broaden their social awareness.
If you would like more information or have a general enquiry, please email UCD in the Community.