Volunteers are essential to organisations in community, non-government, government and commercial sectors. Volunteerism transcends disciplinary boundaries and is relevant to a broad range of professions in business, health, human services, education, science and engineering. Professionals in many of these fields engage with volunteers in the course of their daily management practices. Important to working with volunteers is knowledge about the purpose, history, functions of volunteerism, and the contribution of volunteers to human resource management.
This course examines key perspectives on volunteerism. Students undertaking this course will develop professional skills through case studies focused on the recruitment, training, management, and support of volunteers. The course also enables students currently engaged in voluntary work and volunteer leadership to apply their learning to professional and personal development through critical reflection in light of theories, real-life examples, and case studies on volunteerism.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2021
This course replaces the following course(s): LEIS2100. Students who have successfully completed LEIS2100 are not eligible to enrol in LEIS3100.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Define volunteerism and apply volunteer management principles to a range of professional contexts;
2. Critically examine the concept, history, purpose and functions of volunteerism;
3. Develop knowledge and skill in volunteer management, including recruitment, training, supervision, support, and ongoing development;
4. Demonstrate understanding of ethical issues in volunteer practice and management;
5. Effectively communicate ideas, knowledge and outcomes in written, oral and visual formats;
6. Work independently and as a team member to collect and analyse information to guide problem solving and decision making;
7. Critically reflect on theory applied to volunteer experiences and/or volunteer management.
The content in this course includes the following topics:
- Theoretical Foundations of Volunteerism
- Trends and Issues in Volunteer Management
- Strategic Planning for Volunteer management
- Volunteer Management Practics, including Policy, Recruitment, Training, Supervision, Support and Development
- Ethical Issues in Volunteer Work, Management and Professional Practice
- Diversity Recognition and Diversity Management
- International Volunteer Management Case Studies
Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed LEIS2100.
Students who enrol in this course will be expected to have undertaken at least 20 units of 2000 level courses.
Portfolio: Individual Portfolio (40%)
Report: Group Report (30%)
Essay: Individual Essay (30%)
Online 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
The course is delivered online. Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online activities and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.