Democracy in Action

The details
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 01 July 2022
01 October 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC N400 Accounting,
BSC N400JA Accounting,
BSC N401 Accounting (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N402 Accounting (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N404 Accounting (Including Placement Year),
BSC N4L1 Accounting with Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NKL1 Accounting with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NL41 Accounting with Economics,
BSC NL44 Accounting with Economics (Including Placement Year),
BSC N390 Banking and Finance,
BSC N390JA Banking and Finance,
BSC N391 Banking and Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N392 Banking and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH90 Banking and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BA NR19 Business Management and Modern Languages,
BSC N300 Finance,
BSC N300JA Finance,
BSC N301 Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N302 Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N304 Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC N3T1 Finance with Mandarin

Module description

This module will allow third year students to do their final year project in an innovative and interdisciplinary way. The module seeks to give students the possibility to better understand their community, the issues it confronts and how to address them.

Through the five step training of Citizens UK (1. Organise 2. Listen 3. Plan 4. Act 5. Negotiate) the students will learn the basics of community building and organising, which they will be able to practice and experience for themselves. Students will learn to build power and negotiate with local government on issues of local concern such as hate crime, transport, mental health and housing.

Module aims

This module aims to offer students an innovative and interdisciplinary way of engaging with a final year project. This module intends to bring together both theory and practice and serves as a way for students approaching the end of their studies to ‘apply’ their knowledge and skills outside the classroom. This module speaks directly to the University’s commitment to transformational education, community engagement, employability, and citizenship, placing student experiences from across a wide range of disciplines and departments at the centre of the module. Students often explore concepts and theories linked to democracy, human rights, social justice, power, organizations, negotiations, human relations, accountability, corporate social responsibility etc. However, there are relatively few opportunities available to students to ‘test’ these ideas in practice. This module aims to tackle precisely that.

This module will strengthen the connection between the University of Essex, Citizens UK Colchester and other local organisations by having the students focus on building better communities through the co-production of knowledge and best practice. Students will learn how to identify relevant stakeholders and decision-makers and negotiate with local government and organizations on issues of local concern such as hate crime, transport, street lighting, living wage, mental health and housing, or something else discovered through ‘listening’ exercises. Students will work with their peers, academic staff at UoE and professional staff from Citizens UK to build alliances and create common cause on important issues. Through training and practical experience, students will build their confidence, and enhance skills associated with project management, team work, communication and creativity, which will help open doors for their future careers.

Module learning outcomes

1. Advanced ability to apply “academic” knowledge in practical scenarios
2. Intermediate ability to accurately identify community issues
3. Beginning ability to engage in community organising and to communicate effectively
4. Beginning ability to engage in community building
5. Advanced ability to work in a team based on a shared interest and concern
6. Intermediate ability to take active steps toward collective action
7. Advanced ability to manage a project
8. Advanced ability to apply develop an independent research report.
9. Advanced ability to analyse and reflect critically on theories and/or conceptual/analytical frameworks in addressing real-life social issues.

Module information

Training and Teaching delivery (total 45 hours spread across weeks 4-23):
Attend 3-hour training sessions from Citizens UK who have designed the content of teaching material (Indicative weeks: 4, 6, 8 & 19)
10 GTA seminars of 2 hours across the year (Indicative weeks: 5, 7, 9, 10, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25). To discuss training, taking action and discuss the action that has been taken, and debrief.
Meetings, feedback and exchanges with module supervisors, coordinators, Citizens UK educators and fellow participants (8 hours)
Attend meetings with supervisors to discuss final project (to be arranged) (5 hours)

Contact with external organisations:
Induction meeting with local Institution leader (2 hours)
Arrange, travel to and have 16 121s with members of the Institution (24 hours spread over (indicative) weeks 6-11 and 16-25)
-Coordinate and liaise with external organisations for listening, acting and negotiating
Possible attendance at external events by community organizations (including Citizens UK)

Learning and teaching methods

No information available.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Diary (personal reflections) 250 words (weekly) - TOTAL     10% 
Coursework   Group presentation (15 mins)    30% 
Coursework   Individual reflective assignment (1500 words)  06/12/2021  25% 
Coursework   Essay (3000 words)   09/05/2022  35% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Rebecca Warren, email: rw17735@essex.ac.uk.
Julius Schneider; Anne Steinhoff; Anam Kuraishi
Rebecca - actdemos@essex.ac.uk; ISC General Office: istudies@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 42 hours, 42 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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