Kent Student Volunteering - SOCI6700

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module will enhance your CV, particularly if you are hoping to work in the public or voluntary sector. You will be supported to undertake three placements in a variety of volunteering roles, both on and off campus; attend four lectures on the voluntary sector and complete a reflective learning log to help you think about your experiences and the transferable skills you are gaining.

The following 2 units are compulsory:
• Active community volunteering
• Project Leadership

Plus 1 unit selected from the following:
• Active university volunteering
• Training facilitator
• Mentoring
• Committee role

All students taking this module are expected to attend four sessions that provide the academic framework for understanding volunteering, as well as practitioner knowledge that will be helpful as you progress through your placements, and invaluable preparation for your essay. These sessions last one hour each and are spaced evenly throughout the academic year


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 10
Placement Hours: 100
Private Study Hours: 40
Total Study Hours: 150


It is intended that where generic/elective credit can be used towards an undergraduate degree that the Kent Student Volunteering module should be credit bearing for an undergraduate programme. = This module can only be taken as an option if permitted by the course specification and with the agreement of the student's School.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
100% coursework:
Portfolio (word count would depend on the portfolio contents) – 50% *
Essay (2000 words) – 50%
* Students must the portfolio to pass the module

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Nina Eliasoph (2013) The Politics of Volunteering. Cambridge: Polity Press
Colin Rochester, Steve Howlett, Angela Ellis Paine (2010) Volunteering and Society in the 21st Century. Palgrave Macmillan.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate systematic awareness and understanding of the issues and barriers surrounding volunteering;
8.2 Demonstrate advanced self-awareness of their skills and abilities and ability to manage the application of said skills to the wider working community;
8.3 Demonstrate awareness of the benefits and value of volunteering to the local and wider community;
8.4 Critically evaluate to an advanced level their own impact upon a volunteering placement;

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate communication skills;
9.2 Demonstrate team work and interactive group skills as evidenced through working within a variety of volunteering placements to achieve group aims and goals;
9.3 Demonstrate leadership and motivation as evidenced through spear-heading and developing specific volunteering projects and managing their own teams of volunteers;
9.4 Demonstrate problem solving through the undertaking of self-led tasks and overcoming barriers to volunteering;
9.5 Demonstrate the ability to adapt to changing situations as evidenced by experiencing a variety of volunteering placements;
9.6 Demonstrate the ability to self-appraise and reflect on practice;
9.7 Demonstrate the ability to plan and manage learning as evidenced through completion of the extra self-directed study necessary to supplement placements.
9.8 Demonstrate the development and practical application of transferable skills.
9.9 Demonstrate the ability to manage and reflect critically on personal learning process.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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