20 credits at level HE6
Students will be encouraged to develop critical awareness of the dynamics of the social, political and economic and how these continue to influence the development of community work in Britain. Students will compare and contrast different theories and models of community work utilised in the voluntary, private and statutory sectors and gain understanding of the relevance of community work in practice. The reasons why people become involved in community groups /networks will be debated and the use and limitations of concepts such as power, empowerment and participation in decision making will be considered.
The module is a core module for those students wishing to pursue the applied community studies pathway in their final year, and will prepare them for their placements. The module builds upon and complements other core and optional modules across community studies.
•The diverse nature and history of community work.
•The ideological and political basis of approaches to community work.
•The importance and potential of community work in practice.
•The social and economic limitations and constraints imposed upon community work agencies and workers.
•The roles, responsibilities and expectations placed upon community development agencies and workers.
•Partnership working in policy and practice.
•Realities of power, participation and collaboration.
•User involvement, empowerment and engaging hard-to-reach groups.
•Approaches to working with multiple stakeholders and groups.
There will be a formal lecture or case study presentation each week, lasting approximately 1 hour. These will include presentations from outside professionals and visits to relevant community projects highlighting the realities of applying theories in practice. The remainder of the sessions will be mainly participative and include small group exercises, group discussion, and student group seminar presentations - which will be formally assessed. Attendance will also be an essential requirement of this module (min 80%), as expected across the community studies pathway, due to the collaborative work intended, and the ‘core’ value to students intending to take the applied route.
The assessment will take the form of a
1. A 2,000 – 2,500 word essay
2. A Community Strategy (1,000 words)
3. A Student Seminar
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Use major concepts and theories regarding community work.||Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts and theories relating to community work.|
|2.||Apply such community concepts in a policy context.||Identify and apply such concepts in a political concept|
|3.||Analyse theoretical and practical issues concerning community development in an informed and critical way.||Explain theoretical and practical issues concerning community work and analyse these in an informed and practical way|
|4.||Be able to describe and analyse dynamics of power, participation and decision-making in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.||Participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and provide written submissions where evidence will be obtained demonstrating understanding and analysis of dynamics of power, participation and decision-making in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.|
|5.||Critically engage in theoretical debates utilising contemporary research and theoretical framework.||Participate in classroom discussions and theoretical debates critically utilising contemporary research and theoretical framework|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A 2000 - 2,500 word essay.||A Community Strategy 1,000 -1,200 words||Student Group Presentation|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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|Host Subject Group:||Community Studies|
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