Service Leadership in Learning Communities


What is the course about?

This course is intended for students of all academic disciplines. It is interdisciplinary by nature drawing on psychology, sociology and education. It aims to provide students with major theories of leadership (organizational psychology, sociology and business), service learning and learning community (education, management and sociology), and to equip them with necessary skills to act as service leaders in supporting youth undertaking community learning activities. The course will employ experiential and action learning approaches which are rooted in the integration of concepts and theories from the above-mentioned disciplines while involving in-class and out-of-class activities.

Under the context of the course, students will design and conduct community learning activities involving youth and older adults in different settings. After each activity, students will reflect on the experience collectively. Based on the reflection and what they have learned from the reflection, they will make plans for future activities and try them out. Through these learning experiences, students will analyze and apply the underlying principles of service leadership and appreciate their role in the process of community building. They will also develop critical awareness of the unique characteristics of the socio-cultural context and the processes of community building.

As part of the learning process, students are expected to allocate time off campus and outside lecture hours for planning and undertaking the community activities.

What do the students say about this course?

I think the practical service activities are really fun and impactful. This part of the course gives me a practical chance to execute the theories I learnt in class. And most importantly, I believe in learning by doing, so the teaching design really suits my learning style.

More Details
Year 4 student from Communication Studies
Course Code Offering Department(s) Area of Learning Units & Hours
GDAR1946 EDUC ARTS (3,3,0)
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SLE This is a Service Leadership Education (SLE) course.

IGEThis is an interdisciplinary GE (IGE) course.

  1. One IGE course is listed for more than 1 area of learning. You can decide which area of learning you would like the course to fulfill, by enrolling in the course with the corresponding course code.

Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.