CHCH101-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


CHCH101 offers anyone interested in active citizenship, community engagement, and social innovation with the opportunity to combine academic content with volunteering and critical reflection. Through this innovative design and delivery, this course serves as a cornerstone experience for further study in these topics across a wide range of disciplines.

Join over 1000 other students who have taken CHCH101 in the past nine 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.

"Thank you very much for taking us on such an interesting journey this semester.  I'm very sad that the course has finished but am hoping it is the 'beginning' of my journey into more community engagement. I appreciated your kind guidance and reframing of perspective during the course." (Student, 2020)

"[I] have really enjoyed the opportunities provided by the course, all the face to face community involvement, and the connections made." (Student, 2020)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of CHCH101, students will be able to:

1. Apply theory to critically analyse community engagement and social innovation
2. Engage in, and undertake structured reflection on, service and service learning
3. Engage with the employability and innovative attribute of the Graduate Profile
4. Design and present a personally relevant and evidence-based community project

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

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.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Billy O'Steen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Healing Proposal 01 Apr 2021 50% The total word count is up to 2000.
Presentation and Individual Reflection on the Group Project 04 Jun 2021 50% The word count for the Reflection is up to 2000.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 500

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

All CHCH101 Occurrences

  • CHCH101-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021
  • CHCH101-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)