Through the five step training of Citizens UK (1. Organise, 2. Listen, 3. Plan, 4. Act, 5. Negotiate), 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.
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. The 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.
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.