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UWC Seminar: 

The co-curriculum: an integrated practice or fragments at the fringes of university experience?

Student Development and Support
Centre for Student Support Services


Traditional boundaries and roles of higher education are being challenged, not only as learners with diverse profiles enter the higher education sector, but also as the raison d’être for higher education becomes redefined. Part of this re-contextualisation is the emergence of the intersection of the curriculum and student life as a critical aspect in considering the success of higher education. This intersection has given impetus to issues of student engagement, student development and support, the co-curriculum, authentic learning and Graduate Attributes and how these relate to student success.

Student Development and Support, also called Student Affairs, is a key role player in shaping and enabling complex learning within these curricula which are key contributors to student success. The understanding of learning as a segmented or seamless experience of in- and out-of-classroom development impacts on the conceptualisation of the co-curriculum and on the implied distinction of the various co-curricula.

The focus of this seminar is to explore the role of the various co-curricula within the student experience, in student engagement and student persistence. The seminar provides a platform to critically interrogate and re-define the scope, role and function of the co-curriculum and to begin to shape a coherent concept which informs our thinking and practices within and beyond the various curricula in higher education.

Keynote speaker:

Prof Teboho Moja, PhD, Clinical Professor in Higher Education, New York University


Prof Ronelle Carolissen, PhD, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Stellenbosch University

Date: 14 May 2014

Time: 10h00 to 13h00

Venue: University of the Western Cape, Life Science Building, 5th Floor, SANBI Seminar Rooms


Please RSVP to Ludi-May Allie by 30 April on e: , t: 021 959 2299021 959 2299021-9502

Student Development and Support
Centre for Student Support Services
Birgit Schreiber (PhD) Director