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Community, Volunteering & Leadership Module

Get Academic Credit for Your Volunteering!

Community, Volunteering & Leadership Module (SCI20030)

Do you volunteer in or outside UCD? Then this module offers you to opportunity to gain academic credit for your volunteering.

This community-based learning module, which is a 5 credit, Level 2, elective module that runs in Semester 2, provides students with an opportunity to reflect in a structured way on their volunteering and community experience(s). Students should have prior or on-going experience of volunteering (50 hours of volunteer activity, done in advance or during the semester).

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 (opens in a new window)UCD in the Community on ucdic@ucd.ie

What will I learn?

You will learn about:

  • The role of volunteers in Irish society
  • The key challenges facing practitioners and volunteers working in community settings
  • Social responsibility
  • Managing and leading community projects
  • How your volunteer experience has contributed to your personal and professional development
  • The value of third-level volunteering

How will I learn?

You will learn though:

  • Lectures
  • Active learning via in class discussions
  • Guest lectures from people working in the community and voluntary sector
  • Reflective writing

Contact UCD in the Community

Coote Hub, First Floor, UCD Village Block E4
T: +353 1 716 2268 | E: ucdic@ucd.ie