Students will be required to apply for volunteer placement work
before the commencement of Semester. This is to ensure that students have adequate time during Semester 2 to complete the volunteer hours required. Students will be contacted by email prior to Semester 2 and given information regarding this process.
In order to undertake volunteer work experience, students will be expected to sign a Student Placement Planning Agreement prior to taking up work experience and may be expected, if relevant, to undergo a national criminal record check by the Tasmania Police.
Volunteering is becoming increasingly recognised as pivotal to the ongoing vitality of civil society, government and community sectors. The sociological study of volunteering engages with issues surrounding the value of paid/unpaid work, citizenship and individual rights & responsibility, social cohesion, social problems and individualism. A central theme to the unit will include the place of volunteering in social change, including: demographic changes to volunteering structures in Australia, modern/post-modern perspectives on volunteering and the impact of globalisation in community volunteering involvement. This unit also provides students with an opportunity to engage in volunteer work experience in a non-profit or charity organisation. Thus, the student engages in continuous academic learning while benefiting through the application of that learning through regular volunteering experience. Through both academic learning and volunteer work experience, this course will: -Explore and critically evaluate a range of sociological concepts associated with volunteering -Enhance student experience in team co-operation, communication, and problem-solving abilities -Provide opportunity for sociological critique to be supplemented through practical learning experience, thus widening student academic scope of learning. -Provide opportunity for students to sociologically reflect on practical experiences and gain deeper understanding of their own personal values and social processes, thus increasing capacity for self-awareness and self-reflection.
HGA208: Seminar participation and presentation (20%) Minimum 1000 words reflective journal writing related to work experience (20%) 2,500 word assignment (60%)
HGA308: Seminar participation and presentation (20%) Minimum 1000 words reflective journal writing related to work experience (20%) 3,000 word assignment (60%)
TEACHING PATTERN: 2 hour seminar weekly (includes lecture content) 3-4 hours volunteer work weekly (or a total of 45 hours by the end of Semester 2 study break)
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS Note: Class attendance may still be required
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.