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SOCL11059 - Introducing Social Change

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit will explore the activities of various social change leaders, how they think about what they do, how they organise for change in the not-for-profit or social enterprise sector. It is concerned with exploring the world we live in and what we can do to make a difference. It will provide an overview of issues, theories and practical knowledges that enable students to understand the world of the 21st Century and to be equipped to participate as active citizens focused on people, planet and prosperity.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2016

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Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 13.21% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
The lecturer was helpful and supportive.
Recommendation
Continue to provide students with support and guidance as they undertake their studies in the unit.
Action Taken
Two zoom sessions a week combined with forum and email feedback was provided.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Lectures to connect more closely with the weekly topic material.
Recommendation
While lectures cover the general topic area more attention will be given to linking the lecture content with the topic readings.
Action Taken
Updating of the learning materials on Moodle was provided and this will continue with the option of using a suitable eBook from the CQU library.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Interesting and useful readings provided in the unit that will be a benefit in the future.
Recommendation
Efforts will continue to ensure the readings are relevant, current and useful for students as they build their knowledge in the area of social change.
Action Taken
Additional material was provided and more work will be done on the unit structure and materials. Updating the eReading list and learning resources will continue.
Source: Moodle Site
Feedback
I think that the unit has to be restructured. The assessment task was confusing and sometimes didn't relate to the unit work. Some content was biased and did not give students a realistic view on issues and counter-opinions.
Recommendation
The unit will be restructured to give a broader understanding of social change.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Site
Feedback
The unit was not designed in a way that led me to understand what I should be studying each week. The moodle pages lacked content. Assignments introduced concepts that were briefly considered in the unit materials.
Recommendation
Implementation of a top-down restructuring of the unit with a clear scaffolded approach will assist students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Site
Feedback
Lindsay was a great help navigating us through this unit. He made sure that we all could understand the work and he was very engaging on the unit topic. I enjoyed the genuine local focus, organisational relevance, and real-world situational awareness provided by Lindsay Greer.
Recommendation
Implementation of new unit structure and continue with a grounded approach to teaching social change to engage students in sociological thinking.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss relevant social change issues and problems related to the growth of the third sector in Australia
  2. Develop capacities to prepare students to be social change leaders for the benefit of the community within the social sector
  3. Develop skills and knowledge to investigate social problems, develop proposals for action at individual and group levels.
  4. Enhance theoretical and conceptual analysis which will raise questions about policies and practices in social enterprises/voluntary and community organisations
  5. Use reflective learning practice and develop responsibility and independent learning

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment