Course Learning Outcomes

Now that you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the origins of the Commonwealth, and key events in its history since formation
  • demonstrate a clear understanding of Commonwealth values and principles, and how they are put into practice
  • explain elements of democratic theory and human rights philosophy and practice, and identify the mechanisms through which different rights are protected in democratic systems
  • apply these principles in your work with young women and men
  • explain the value of the diverse cultures and traditions embraced by the Commonwealth
  • participate in activities or programmes to help young people understand the principles that underpin Commonwealth values
  • operate different styles of democratic and participatory decision-making, in particular consensual styles.

In addition to the learning outcomes that were described in the course overview, some additional outcomes were identified those we described as changes in attitude. To review these now, we hope that at the end of this course you will:

  • feel positively about cultural diversity and see diversity as something to be celebrated rather than ignored or feared
  • 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 will work to ensure that there is no gap between what you preach and what you practice.

We wish you every success in your work and future endeavors.