|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject will provide an understanding of the community sector and community development through a substantial volunteer experience abroad. Students have the opportunity to undertake a placement of 80-100 hours with a not-for-profit organisation, offering an opportunity to contribute to a community through project work, research and/or engaging in the key activities of the organisation. The Faculty of Arts works in partnership with not-for-profit organisations, in particular, Australian Volunteers International (AVI), to place volunteers and assist students with risk assessment, volunteer orientation and monitoring and evaluation. AVI is an independent not-for-profit organisation, with extensive experience in the management people-centred development projects and programs in a wide range of countries. AVI’s work focuses on reducing poverty, providing health and education services, promoting human rights and gender equality, and protecting the environment. They work closely with individuals, organisations and communities across the developing world in response to locally identified priorities.
Upon subject completion, students will have a better understanding of the structure, culture and policy environment of community development. They will have enhanced their awareness of the challenges and approaches to development, been involved in a community project, gained insight into workplace issues through examination of the structure, culture and policy environment and enhanced their employability skills.
Selection into this subject is based on academic merit and a timely submission of application. Proposed placement must be approved by the subject co-ordinator. There may be further eligibility and selection criteria required the partner organisation, for information regarding application and eligibility please refer to the following link:
This subject will incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. Students may be eligible to apply for the Melbourne Global Grant. Please ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria before applying http://www.mobility.unimelb.edu.au/outbound/study-abroad/index.html
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this subject will:
• Demonstrate a greater understanding of international community development issues and context;
• Make a positive contribution to a community project;
• Appreciate how work of not-for-profit organisation operates in a developing world context;
• Develop skills in cultural sensitivity and cultural appropriateness of community development work;
• Have enhanced ability to undertake independent research;
• Demonstrate self-appraisal and self-reflection skills;
• Demonstrate appreciation of active global citizenship and community leadership issues;
• Contribute as a member of a team.
Eligibility and requirements
Students must have completed 100 points at undergraduate level.
Students are required to apply for permission to enrol into this subject prior to commencement of the internship. Students should make this application via the online application form:
Applications will be reviewed in three rounds:
Round 1 (Summer and Semester 1 availability): closing 31 October
Round 2 (Semester 1 availability): closing 31 January
Round 3 (Semester 2 availability): closing 31 May
The selection process for this subject includes consideration of academic performance in the first half of the degree.
Students will receive outcomes within two weeks of the closing date for the relevant round. For further information including FAQS on the Application and Selection Process see:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|MULT30021||Community Volunteering - Global||
|POLS30002||Public Affairs Internship (Int.Students)||
|POLS30003||Public Affairs Internship||
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Students undertaking an internship with a host agency may be required to satisfy a number of requirements, including:
- undergoing a recent National Police Record Check
- holding a valid Working with Children Check for the relevant state/territory
The assessment for this subject is equivalent to 4.000 words consisting of the following:
- Mid-semester progress report on the placement experiencev1500 words, including personal skills and knowledge development 20% (due mid-semester);
- a 20 minute team presentation analysing the strategic plan and mission of your host organisations and their relationship to community development goals 30% (due in weeks 10-12);
- a 2,000 major essay exploring some aspect of the nature of community development and volunteering as you have studied it and as you have observed it during your placement 50% (due end of semester).
The subject also has hurdle requirements - 80 hours of satisfactory work placement and 100% of attendance at seminars.
Quotas apply to this subject
Dates & times
- Summer Term
Coordinator Elizabeth Lakey Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 80-100 hours placement, 8 hours pre-placement, 2 hours mid-placement, 4 hours post-placement Total time commitment 152 hours Pre teaching start date 4 December 2018 Pre teaching requirements Pre-placement sessions Teaching period 7 January 2019 to 1 March 2019 Last self-enrol date 10 December 2018 Census date 11 January 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 1 February 2019 Assessment period ends 1 March 2019
Summer Term contact information
Coordinator Ali Reza Yunespour Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 80-100 hours placement, 8 hours pre-placement, 2 hours mid-placement, 4 hours post-placement Total time commitment 152 hours Pre teaching start date 27 May 2019 Pre teaching requirements Pre-placement sessions Teaching period 1 July 2019 to 26 July 2019 Last self-enrol date 3 June 2019 Census date 5 July 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 12 July 2019 Assessment period ends 26 July 2019
July contact information
Time commitment details
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Off-campus study
This subject has an overseas component
Selection into this subject is based on academic merit and timely submission of application. Proposed placement must be approved by the subject co-ordinator. There may be further eligibility and selection criteria required for the partner organisation, for information regarding application and eligibility please refer to the following link: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/students/undergraduate/internships
- Related Handbook entries
- Breadth options
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.