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Module description: This module covers the importance of volunteerism in contributing to an improvement in the quality of life in communities around UTech and Community Colleges which deliver its programmes as well as the wider society. It further unites classroom instructions with real societal needs and explores the relationship between General Education modules and CSP 1001. MODULE OBJECTIVES: At the end of the module, you should be able to: 1. understand the nature of volunteerism 2. recognize the role of individuals in providing voluntary service 3. appreciate the value of a service ethic in the development of a society. REQUIRED READINGS • Robotham, D. (1998). Vision and Volunteerism. Grace Kennedy Foundation Lecture. • Vision 2030 Jamaica: National Development Plan. National Planning Institute of Jamaica. 2009 ASSESSMENT 1. You will be required to complete four reflective pieces. Each reflection must be type written, Times New Roman, 12pt, double –spaced and no less than one page or more than three pages. You will not be allowed to submit all four pieces at the end of the semester. You must complete each one and submit it on the due date. You will prepare two copies of each assignment. Submit one copy to your lecturer. Have your lecturer sign and date the other copy to acknowledge receipt of your work. Keep all signed copies of your assignments in a safe place. You may need to provide these as evidence of submission of your work.


NB: My copy of each reflection is to be e-mailed to [email protected] I do not require a hardcopy of reflections 1 – 3.


A hardcopy of your final reflection (REFLECTION # 4) must be submitted to the agency before you leave at the end of the semester. This signed copy of the reflection must be submitted along with the completed timecard. You must present all your work in a folder with the following information on the cover page: NAME: ACADEMIC YEAR: SCHOOL: LECTURER: NAME OF AGENCY/ PROJECT: ID#: SEMESTER: TUTORIAL DAY/TIME: AGENCY SUPERVISOR:


At the end of each reflection, you must type this information: Lecturer’s signature: Submission Date:

Session 1 Week beginning Aug 26 Content Introduction to CSP 1001 • Structure of the module • Assignment to groups and agency • Readings and assignments Activities Assign reading for next class Explain guidelines for reflections ASSIGNMENTS Reflection # 1 2 pages Vision 2030 and community service: a. What does community service/ volunteerism mean to you? b. Which 2 of the 4 goals of Vision 2030 do you think is most closely linked to community service/ volunteerism? Why? c. Select 1 of the 2 goals discussed in (b) and suggest ways you can contribute to achieving this goal through your community service. d. Read Vision and Volunteerism: Reviving Voluntarism in Jamaica, by Don Robotham

2 Week beginning Sept 9

Relating the philosophy and practice of community service / volunteerism to Vision 2030 • What is vision 2030 • Goals of Vision 2030 • Meaning of community service/ volunteerism

Reflection # 1 due Discussion of reflection Discuss Vision and Volunteerism. Is volunteerism dead? Can we have a Fifth Peak of volunteerism in Jamaica?

Reflection #2

2 pages

Identifying your community service project objectives a. Identify your agency and briefly discuss the history, goals and objectives of the agency. b. Bearing the Vision 2030 goal you selected in reflection 1 in mind, identify a set of objectives you aim to fulfill in your assignment at your agency. c. Discuss the specific steps you will take to accomplish those objectives. Reflection # 3 2 pages a. Identify some of the problems/ issues you experienced or witnessed during your placement. b. To what extent did problems you encountered/ witnessed in your placement reflect problems prevalent in the wider Jamaican society? c. What impact do you think these problems will have on our ability to achieve the goals laid out in Vision 2030? d. If the problem was something you encountered, what solution(s) did you employ to address the problem? If the problem was something you witnessed, what possible solutions would you suggest could be used to address the problem? Assignment # 4 3 pages a. Briefly summarize your impressions of your time spent in your agency. What do you think was the best part of your service? What was the worst part? b. Review the objectives you set for yourself and discuss to what extent were these objectives achieved? c. Discuss in what ways did the community in which you worked benefit from your project.

3 Week beginning Sept 30

Community Service as a change agent • How has community service contributed to our nation’s development historically. • What role can community service play in achieving the goals of Vision 2030. •

Reflection # 2 due Discussion of reflection #2

4 Week beginning Oct 28

Community Service for development • Nation • Community • Globally • Role of UTech/ Community Colleges Evaluation of experiences • Challenges • Solutions

Reflection # 3 due Discussion of reflection #3 Distribution of evaluation forms.

d. State whether the organization would benefit from having more CSP projects completed. Suggest the kind of service which would assist the organization/ community in which you worked, based on your experience there. e. In what ways do you think could CSP 1001 be improved? f. Give reflections on your reading of Vision 2030 and Vision and Volunteerism You will make a copy of this assignment which you will submit to your agency BEFORE YOU LEAVE at the end of the semester. 5 Week beginning Nov 18 Evaluation of experiences • Objectives • Benefits • Challenges • Solutions Reflection # 4 due (Final Assignment)

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