Course Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are statements that tell you what knowledge and skills you will have when you have worked successfully through the course material.


When you have worked through this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of Commonwealth values and principles
  • be familiar with elements of democratic theory and human rights philosophy and practice, and identify the mechanisms through which different rights are protected in democratic systems
  • reflect on how to apply these principles
  • appreciate the value of the diverse cultures and traditions embraced by the Commonwealth.


When you have worked through this course, you should be able to:

  • operate different styles of democratic and participatory decision-making, in particular consensual styles.

As further outcomes, when you have completed this course, you will have undergone a process of examining and clarifying your own values. You may also experience certain positive changes in your attitudes. While these changes will be hard to measure, we hope that you will be able to:

  • feel positively about cultural diversity and see diversity as something to be celebrated, rather than ignored or feared
  • develop the ability to accept that your perspectives need not always be the ‘correct’ ones
  • have an attitude of openness: to search for ways and means to promote and cross-fertilise the values you see among different individuals and sub-groups.
  • be honest with yourself, and able to work to ensure that there is no gap between ‘what you preach and what you practice’.

As you work through the course, try to be aware of any clarifications in your values and to reflect on them.