This unit enhances traditional learning and teaching through student placements in Indigenous communities. Service learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection through project-based learning. Projects are identified by the communities or community partners, and students work together in teams, often with students from other faculties, on these projects to deliver real-world outcomes while earning credit towards their degree. The new learning model delivers positive contributions to students' critical thinking and capability to form authentic, ethical and professional engagement across cultural boundaries. The initiative provides students with placements that work on a range of disciplinary and personal levels through projects tied to community priorities, ensuring both impact and learning in real world contexts. Students will learn to expand their problem solving capabilities; improve their creative and critical thinking; improve their cultural competence through critical self-reflection on their cultural identity and interaction with others; apply theoretical learning to real world experiences; and have personal growth through experience and self-reflection. Although the learning model may differ according to the projects and partners involved, students undertaking projects through the University's Indigenous Service Learning Hubs will be required to undertake an initial trip to the Service Learning Hub, project work will be undertaken during the semester at the University and a return trip to the Service Learning Hub will be made to present the project finding to the Indigenous Community(s) and Service Learning Hub stakeholders. This unit is selective and requires a seperate application.
Classes will vary according to the project. It will consist of seminars/workshops in addition to a placement with an indigenous community focus.
The assessment regime will vary according to the project but may included the following tasks: pre-placement preparation (20%), 1500wd refective essay (20%), community engagement (10%), group project report (20%), interdisciplinary group work (10%), 1500wd research project (20%).
Required knowledge will vary by project.