Civic Engagement in the First Year Course
During the first year course ‘Transitions: London Calling 2′ students will use the full range of skills being developed, to get involved in civic engagement through service learning in London and reflect critically on the effects both on themselves and on others.
We at Richmond believe that the out-of classroom experience is vital to developing well-rounded, thoughtful and creative global citizens. We provide a programme of volunteering opportunities in the wider community. These activities enrich the student experience, encourage commitment to the values the University hopes to engender in all of its students, and help students gain the skills and experience they need to start their careers and become global citizens
ISL 500 Service Learning
Service Learning placements aim to provide students with experience in the community of their study, so that they develop as a global active citizen. The course will enable students to understand their own strengths and weaknesses in the community, work with people from other cultures, and to give them confidence that they can make the step from classroom to community comfortably. The course aims to ensure that students are given genuine responsibility in the community, and to measure how they respond to this. As a result, the overall aim of the service learning course is to equip the student with the correct skills in order to be better prepared for developing as a global active citizen and also for successfully gaining employment following graduation.
The Service Learning and Active Citizenship course is a student community placement that aims to provide students from all disciplines and majors with the intellectual, professional, and personal skills that will enable them to function well in a culturally diverse community in London. In addition to the weeks of field work (typically 9-12 depending on the organisation), the student will also produce a written journal of their experience which provides critical reflection (learning log), a ‘community action’ portfolio (analytical essay), and a final oral presentation. These assessments have been designed to help the student reflect on the skills they are learning and the benefits gained from the service learning experience, and also to help them determine if their current career goals are the correct fit for them. During the service learning course, the staff of the Internship Office and a faculty supervisor work closely with each student to ensure that the community placement is a successful one.