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In this course, students will integrate up to 20 hours of hands-on community engagement projects (as a whole class and in small groups) related to the post-earthquake context of Christchurch with guided reflection and relevant academic content about post-disaster response, social innovation, and volunteerism. This will provide students with an overview of how individuals and organisations are strengthening communities in Christchurch through social innovation.
Join 750 other students who have taken CHCH101 in the past six years! During that time, students have contributed over 25,000 hours of service to more than 50 community organisations, government agencies, and individuals in Christchurch, Japan, Vanuatu, and the U.S. UC is the only place in the world to take this unique course that was inspired by the actions of the Student Volunteer Army following the Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 and focuses on the role of social innovation in strengthening communities. Students who have taken CHCH101 not only learn more about their local contexts, they learn a lot about themselves."Working alongside so many people from so many different communities in the course really inspired me in the sense that I could potentially use what I've learned in my business undergrad to help rebuild a city that now means so much to me" (CHCH101 student, 2015).
Upon successful completion of CHCH101, students will be able to:1. Apply theory to critically analyse community engagement and social innovation2. Engage in, and undertake structured reflection on, service and service learning3. Engage with the employability and innovative attribute of the Graduate Profile4. Design and present a personally relevant and evidence-based community project
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Healing Proposal:Due at the end of Week 6 - worth 50% of the final gradeYou will come up with a feasible proposal that aims to positively affect and influence a specific community and reflects your own personal and academic interests. This can be the Riccarton Neighbourhood, Christchurch, UC, New Zealand, your hometown, a primary school, wherever.Group Presentation and Individual Reflection:Due during Week 12 - worth 50% of the final gradeDuring the second half of the semester, you will work on a small group service project with a specific brief from a community group. Your grade for this will be a reflection of your contribution to the group project and what you learned from the experience. Your group will also briefly present its work at our final class session. The word count for the Reflection is 500-1000.
Domestic fee $761.00
International fee $3,188.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
Maximum enrolment is 500
For further information see
School of Educational Studies and Leadership.