GESH2012 Service-learning: Action towards Personhood


Service-learning: Action towards Personhood

This course intends to integrate their academic knowledge and skills to address community needs in collaboration with local community partners. Applying the fundamental skillset and mindset equipped in GESH2011, students would implement their service-learning project in local communities. Through a series of self-initiated service, self-reflection, and project presentations, students would consolidate their insights and experience from community service and be directed to examine the meaning and value of university education in real life. This experiential learning approach would facilitate students’ self-development and foster their civic-mindedness in creating changes in the community.

Through this course, students are expected to be able to:

  • understand the genuine needs of the community and the real-life challenges they are facing;
  • apply multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge and concepts of civic engagement;
  • develop a strong sense of citizenship in terms of empathy and caring for other stakeholders in the community; and
  • re-examine their personal development through self-discovery and self-expression.

Three Components

Students will implement their service-learning project to in solving one of the below social needs:

  1. Environmental sustainability
  2. Food security and safety
  3. Health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Poverty and inequalities

Students will focus on two dimensions to maximise their learning:

  1. Service-Learning Reflection
  2. Self-reflection

Students will demonstrate what they have learned throughout the process of service-learning through a more formal presentation, including a review of their proposal, community service, new findings, suggestions and reflections.