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Senior High School Specialized Subject: Community Engagement, Solidarity, and Citizenship



Community Engagement, Solidarity, and Citizenship is one of the specialized subjects under the Academic career track and the HUMSS learning strand. Some examples of the things that you will learn from taking this subject include:

  • Concepts and Perspectives of Community
    • Importance of understanding community dynamics and community action
    • Definitions of community
      • Social sciences perspective
      • Institutional perspective
      • Civil society (e.g., people‚Äôs organization, civic organizations, social movements, LGBT, etc.)
      • Local and grassroots levels
    • Elements
      • Structures (e.g., sociopolitical, economics, and cultural, etc.)
      • Dynamics and processes (e.g., community power, leadership, relationships, social change)
    • Typologies (e.g., formal-informal, rural-urban, local-global, sectors, social spaces, etc.)
  • Community Action
    • Overview
      • Community engagement
      • Solidarity
      • Citizenship
    • Purposes of Community Action
      • Major issues affecting poor and marginalized communities
      • The role of the youth in community action
      • Selected cases of community action initiatives
  • Core Values and Principles of Community Action Initiatives
    • Human rights
    • Social justice
    • Empowerment & advocacy
    • Participatory development
    • Gender equality
  • Methodologies and approaches of community actions and involvements across disciplines
    • Partnership building with local groups
    • Community profiling
    • Needs assessment
    • Working with a core group of leaders/ leadership development
  • Participatory action planning
  • Resource mobilization
    • Social action
    • Evaluation
  • Community-action initiatives: Field practicum
    • Partnership with local communities and organizations
    • Preparation of community action plan
    • Experiences in community engagement, solidarity, and citizenship building

While studying, you will also be asked to demonstrate what you have learned by participating in class activities that may include the following:

  • Synthesizing the experience of implementing community-action initiatives
  • Explaining the importance of studying community dynamics and action
  • Comparing and contrasting the definitions of community using various perspectives
  • Analyzing functions of communities in terms of structures, dynamics, and processes
  • Comparing and contrasting typologies of communities
  • Identifying opportunities to contribute to community development through solidarity
  • Assessing selected community action initiatives
  • Promoting awareness of human rights in communities
  • Appraising the value of social equity and gender equality in participatory development
  • Analyzing strategies of empowerment and advocacy through community action
  • Developing commitment and conviction to participatory development for community well-being
  • Applying systematic social research methods in conducting a community study
  • Developing a community action plan using participatory approaches

These examples only cover the scope of the specialized subjects under the Academic track and HUMSS learning strand. For the scope of the core and contextualized subjects under the senior high school curriculum, please refer to their respective lists.

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