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Community Volunteering (MULT30020)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMULT30020
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will provide an understanding of the community sector and community development through a substantial volunteer experience. The aims of this subject are to enable you to undertake and report on a community-based project, gain significant insight into workplace issues, and further develop your employability skills in communication, planning and organisation, self-management and problem solving.

The subject includes 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 placement is supplemented by pre- and post-placement classes, including a compulsory induction in Week 1 and compulsory sessions in Weeks 2 &3, designed to prepare you for your placement, provide a theoretical framework of community development which will provide insight into the evolving needs of the community and the role of not-for-profit organisations in community development. The pre-placement seminars will also include self-assessment, reflexivity and professional skills. Students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired during their course to address issues of significance to a community and to enhance their understanding of approaches in the field of community/social development

Students will be expected to identify potential host organisations for work placement. Student may seek advice from Nelbourne Careers Centre who may provide support through seminars and workshops on when and how to approach host organisations http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/careers/. Students should commence approaching organisations, at least 4 weeks before the placement. More information is available in the subject guide. Placements must be approved by the subject coordinator. Students experiencing problems finding a placement should contact the subject co-ordinator.

Upon subject completion, students will have completed a community project, gained insight into workplace issues and enhanced their employability skills. They will also have developed a critical understanding of the nature of citizenship and volunteering and the role of not-for-profit organisations in contemporary society. Through enrolment in this subject, students will develop skills as global citizens and leaders in communities and will contribute significantly to the community.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will:

• Gain an understanding of community development issues;

• Appreciate how the work of the not for profit sector contributes to community development;

• Have enhanced ability to undertake independent research;

• Demonstrate critical self-appraisal and self-reflection;

• Gain some advanced project and/or community development practice skills;

• Demonstrate greater appreciation of active citizenship and community leadership issues;

• Contribute as a member of a team.

Eligibility and requirements


Completion of 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:

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

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:

Faculty of Arts - WIL FAQs



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MULT20012 Community Volunteering
Semester 1
Semester 2
POLS30001 Parliamentary Internship
Semester 1
POLS30002 Public Affairs Internship (Int.Students)
Semester 1
Semester 2
POLS30003 Public Affairs Internship
Semester 1
Semester 2
SOCI30005 Sociology Internship
Semester 2

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:

  • 1500-word mid-semester progress report on the placement experience, including personal skills and knowledge development (20%) Due Week 7;
  • 20 minute team presentation analysing the strategic plan and mission of your host organisations and their relationship to community development goals, (30%). Presentations held during Week 10, 11 & 12;
  • 2,000 major essay on the nature of community development and volunteering as you have studied it and as you have observed it during your placement, (50%). Due in the examination period;
  • 80 hours of satisfactory work placement (hurdle);
  • 100% attendance at seminars (hurdle).

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorElizabeth Lakey
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours80-100 hours of placement, 2 hour induction, 8 hours pre placement, 2 hours mid placement, 8 hours post placement. Total Time Commitment:
    Total time commitment152 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019
  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorAli Reza Yunespour
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours80-100 hours of placement, 2 hour induction, 8 hours pre placement, 2 hours mid placement, 8 hours post placement. Total Time Commitment:
    Total time commitment152 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

132-152 hours.

Further information

Last updated: 18 July 2019