Volunteerism - Perspectives and Management

Course code HLSC2100Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Many students engage in voluntary work and/or leadership activities as part of their personal and/or professional development. Professionals in a range of fields also work with volunteers in the course of their daily practice. Volunteerism transcends disciplinary boundaries and is relevant to a broad range of professions in areas such as health, human services, education, science, engineering, and business. Important to working as, or with, volunteers is knowledge about the purpose, history functions, and contribution of volunteering. This course examines key perspectives on volunteerism, and explores the experience of working as a volunteer. Students undertaking this course will develop professional skill in the recruitment, training, management and support of volunteers. The course enables students currently engaged in voluntary work/leadership experiences to apply their learning to professional and personal development through critical reflection in light of theory on volunteerism.

Available in 2015

On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives- To define volunteerism.
- To critically examine the concept, history, purpose and functions of volunteerism.
- To explore trends in volunteering activity.
- To develop knowledge and skill in volunteer management including recruitment, training, supervision, support, and ongoing development.
- To explore ethical issues in volunteer management
- To critically reflect on volunteer experiences in light of theory.
- To examine ethical and value issues in volunteer practice.
- To apply learning from voluntary experience to professional context.
Content- Definitions of volunteerism.
- Functions of volunteerism.
- Trends in volunteerism.
- Social capital.
- Critical debates relating to volunteerism.
- Volunteer management practices including policy, recruitment, training, supervision, support and development.
- Skills in volunteer management.
- Ethical issues in volunteer work
- Critical reflection on volunteer experience
- Application of learning from volunteer work to professional practice
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 x Essay/Written assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contributionOn-line group/tutorial
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HLSC2100