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This friendly and practical course has been designed to explore what public engagement is all about. You will learn about what’s happening in your local area and how you can get involved in many different ways – from voting to volunteering to getting involved in initiatives such as Communities 1st or working with your local authority to improve local services. This course will help you to understand how you can make a real difference to where you live.
Who is this course for?
The course is open to all who have an interest in making a contribution in their community.
Learning and Teaching
The syllabus includes:
- Issues concerning the role of representing others
- Collaboration: issues of partnership working
- Lobbying: government structures at national and local levels and how they work
- Negotiation skills.
- How to do research – how to find out and summarise information.
- Confidence: speaking up and presenting your points of view
- Active listening skills
- Understanding behaviours both of others and self: body language, how to best react to others’ behaviours.
- Equality training.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The assessment for this course is:
- Completion of written worksheets
- Research activities evidenced
- Completion of a course folder/portfolio
- Development and production of a small-scale public engagement scenario
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
Reading suggestions – the tutor will supply course readings and resources
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.