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WHAT is the GC Programme about?

The Global Citizenship (GC) programme is not a conventional academic programme. Rather, through a programme of critical debate, voluntary service activities and reflection, GC engages undergraduate students as thoughtful scholars and as citizens with opinions of their own who are keen to learn, think about, critique and respond to key contemporary issues.

 

HOW many courses are there in the GC Programme?

The GC Programme currently comprises of three short courses and one credit-bearing course within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE). The three short courses are Global Debates, Local Voices (GC1), a workshop series; Service, Citizenship and Social Justice (GC2), a community engagement course; and Voluntary Community Service (GC3), 60 hours of self-organized community service with a recognised organisation. The credit-bearing course is Social Infrastructures (END1019L), a course on engaging with community for change.

 

WHO can do the courses?

Although our short courses are open to all UCT students, we recommend that senior undergraduate (2nd year and up) students do it, given the complexity of some of the issues and debates we engage with in the courses. Our credit-bearing course, Social Infrastructures (END1019L), is open to students across all faculties, except post-graduate students.

 

WHEN do the courses run?

Service, Citizenship and Social Justice (GC2) runs in 1st semester, Global Debates, Local Voices runs during 2nd semester, Voluntary Community Service (GC3) runs throughout the year, and Social Infrastructures runs during winter and summer terms.

 

Do I have to do ALL the courses?

You can choose to do only one or two of the courses, and they can be done in any order, it is completely up to you.

 

How much community service do I have to do in the courses?

For Service, Citizenship and Social Justice (GC2), you have to complete at least 10 hours of community service during the semester that the course runs. For Voluntary Community Service (GC3) you have to complete 60 hours of community service throughout the year.