Community Engagement: Group Projects

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The details
Philosophical, Historical, and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
11 September 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA L400 Social Change,
BA L401 Social Change (Including Foundation Year),
BA L402 Social Change (including Placement Year),
BA L403 Social Change (including Year Abroad),
BA V5L5 Philosophy, Ethics and Sustainability,
BA V5L6 Philosophy, Ethics and Sustainability (Including Foundation Year),
BA V5L7 Philosophy, Ethics and Sustainability (Including Placement Year),
BA V5L8 Philosophy, Ethics and Sustainability (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module offers final year students a unique opportunity to work together in an interdisciplinary team researching, developing/ and implementing a real-world project for a local partner organisation.

This module enables you to use the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your degree to address a real-world challenge, while sharing and developing your creative, organisational and practical abilities. By doing so, it will prepare you for entering the graduate labour market or going on to post-graduate study.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide students from different inter-/disciplinary backgrounds the opportunity to work collaboratively on a real-world project.

  • To introduce students to the challenges and satisfactions of community engagement and group project work.

  • To encourage students to experiment with peer-to-peer and experiential learning.

  • To enable students to enhance their professional, transferable and employability skills.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Have a good understanding of how to develop a project remit in a creative, coherent way and deliver a group project on time to partners.

  2. Gain knowledge of the challenges involved in working in an interdisciplinary team and of effective ways of organising collaborative group work.

  3. Develop enhanced professional skills, including the ability to work to a tight schedule, reach agreements, and manage client expectations.

  4. Develop enhanced research, presentation and writing skills.

Module information

There will be four projects and places may be restricted, therefore there is an application and selection process at the start of the academic year. All students who wish to enrol on this module must read the project descriptions (remits) posted on the CS300 Moodle in late September. You must then send your CV and application letter to the Module Co-ordinator.

The letter should explain why you would like to enrol on this module, your preferred project, and what skills and experience you would bring to the group. You will then have an interview with the Module Co-ordinator in the first two weeks of the Autumn term. After the interviews, we will select the groups and inform you whether you have secured a place and on which project. If the module is over-subscribed, unsuccessful candidates will be contacted in time to enrol on an alternative Spring module. We will be looking to form project groups with a balance of aptitudes, skills, experience and potential, so lack of experience is not an obstacle.

Please note: Attendance and participation are very important on this module, so before you enrol, think carefully about whether you are prepared to make the commitment that it will involve. Students on this module are expected to conform to high standards of professionalism and ethical behaviour. To ensure this, there are a number of safeguards in place. First, all students working with outside partners will be required to read and sign a project partnership agreement. Second, some projects, (e.g. those involving minors and vulnerable people), will require students to have a DBS clearance before they engage with the target group. Third, groups carrying out primary research or data-collection that involves human participants (e.g. surveys, interviews, focus groups) are required to follow University research ethics procedures.

Partners might include a local charity, social enterprise, community or public or private sector organisation, or the University's Sustainability section.

There will be at least one sustainability project each year. Other projects might involve anything from carrying out a piece of research, or designing a public information campaign, to organising part of an exhibition or implementing a community initiative.

Learning and teaching methods

This is a non-standard module, which combines a range of collaborative, peer-to-peer and experiential teaching and learning methods. You will be required to do some preliminary reading on the theory and practice of community engagement, group and interdisciplinary work, and project development for the first three sessions of the module. But after that, your team will need to identify relevant bibliography and do some reading related to the topic of your project.

At the beginning of this module you will receive training in approaches and challenges of community engagement working, including the use of face-to-face meetings and ethics. Then, each group will start work developing the preliminary project remit. Your group will present your project proposal to the module supervisor and a representative from your partner organisation and make revisions according to their feedback.

Once your group’s project plan has been approved, you will spend the rest of the module working with your team implementing and completing the project. While groups are encouraged to work autonomously (combining face-to-face and online meetings), you will also receive regular supervision and support from the module co-ordinator and/or the partner representative.

Students will be provided with guidance on the module assignments and assessments in the Module Handbook.


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

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jane Hindley, email: janeh@essex.ac.uk.
PHAIS General Office - 6.130; isugadmin@essex.ac.uk.


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 43 hours, 43 (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).


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