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HUMA2019 Extra-Curricular Elective

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The Extra-Curricular Elective allows you to gain academic credit for work undertaken on your own initiative, outside the formal academic environment but which develops one or more learning outcomes of your programme of study. The work could include community volunteering of all sorts, committee work for a student or academic society, work for a charity or community organisation, campaigning work for a political organisation (provided it operates within the law) and, in some circumstances, paid work for an outside employer.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss your extra-curricular experience, explaining clearly what you learned and how - perhaps from whom - you learned it;
  • Describe and discuss the context(s) in which you gained that experience, so displaying personal knowledge of a non-academic organisation and awareness of its place in some wider business or societal scheme;
  • Present evidence of effective personal performance in an extra-curricular environment;
  • Set well informed goals for future personal and perhaps career development, building on strengths and addressing weaknesses that extra-curricular experience has helped you recognize.

Syllabus

Syllabus content will vary from student to student. This is inevitable given the wide variety of experiences available to students taking the Extra-Curricular Elective. Elective activities comprise by far the largest content component.

Special Features

You can register for the Extra-Curricular Elective through online module choice without consulting anyone, but you will not be able to make a formal start on the module until you have had an Extra-Curricular Elective Proposal and Risk Assessment approved by the module coordinator. Proposals can be submitted to the module coordinator at any point in semester 2 of the year before the one in which the Elective would happen if approved. Students wanting to apply for places on oversubscribed modules are welcome to hold the Extra-Curricular Elective in reserve, submitting rough proposals to the module coordinator for informal feedback and deciding later whether or not they wish to turn them into full proposals.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods include: • 1:1 and/or small group sessions with the module coordinator, to discuss and agree Extra-Curricular Elective proposals • Ongoing tutorial support as required • Optional plenary sessions (2 per semester), facilitated by the module coordinator, allowing Extra-Curricular Elective students to compare notes and learn from each other. Assessment methods You will submit one piece of written work for assessment, toward the end of the academic year - your Elective Reflective. You may OPTIONALLY choose to apply for a Special Elective Achievement award. In consultation with the module coordinator, you will devise criteria by which Special Elective Achievement can be assessed. A three-person panel of judges drawn from across the Faculty of Humanities will meet near the end of the academic year to review submissions and confer awards. If a Special Elective Achievement award is approved by the panel you will be given extra marks - up to a maximum of 10. [These marks will be added to your Elective Reflective mark. The maximum mark you can receive for the module overall is of course 100.]

TypeHours
Assessment tasks50
Work based learning100
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Additional Work %
Reflective account  (5000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Anything else not covered elsewhere

Costs will vary from student to student. (Examples: cost of student society membership; cost of travel to and from non-university locations.) Students will be expected to cover these costs themselves and should carefully consider affordability issues when putting Extra-Curricular Elective proposals together.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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