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Postgraduate Course: Human Relations in Action (EDUA11232)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionBased on humanistic psychology and deriving from the person-centred approach pioneered by Carl Rogers, this course aims to investigate the relational dimension of human interactions through the examination of three major areas: deconstruction of the "I", interdependence in communication and group experience. It asks: where is the "I" in relationships? Why do some professional relationships not work? What is role of culture played in human relations? Overall, the course provides an opportunity for participants to explore, experiment and develop a fuller awareness of human dynamics, and therefore become a more mindful professional, teacher, trainer or manager. The course will also facilitate a critical review of this approach.

A distinctive feature of this course lies in its commitment to interactive, participative and experiential learning. The course takes the form of workshops, supplemented by seminars and group discussion. This structure enables participants to construct their own knowledge through the processes of actively doing, participating and sharing. Participants are at the centre of their own learning. Central to this approach, is the idea of reflection on both cognitive and affective experience. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their experiences as they go through this course, with this reflection being informed by engagement with appropriate academic theories and relevant research and, in turn, informing the production of the assessment. The course will therefore have a maximum of fourteen members.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
This course is at the SCQF level 11 adhering to the Postgraduate CMS and the QAA M level benchmark statement, "Master's degrees in Business and Management" (2007). On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

- Demonstrate an informed critical understanding of the person-centred approach including its features, principal ideas and practices;
- Use a relevant selection of the principal theories of the person-centred approach to explore oneself as a professional and the relationship with others as resources for developing more effective working relationships;
- Demonstrate the understanding of knowledge and skills on helping and supporting oneself and others based on the person-centred approach in different professional or learning contexts and settings;
- Demonstrate an informed understanding of the power of presence and therefore critical awareness of different facets of human relations in the "here and now";
- Establish a repertoire of relating skills focusing on the person-centred approach.
Assessment Information
A single written essay of 4,000 words.
This will be an academic reflective paper which critically engages with both relevant theories and one's interpersonal experiences in an educational or professional setting. It will demonstrate one's knowledge of the person-centre approach at an advanced level. The topic of the essay is associated with the course contents, such as the exploration of self-concept, emotionality, stress, conflicts, cultural and power issues from the relational perspective, and can be individually negotiated so that one can develop particular interests in some depth.
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Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordsperson-centred approach, experiential learning, interpersonal relations, communication, grouop exper
Course organiserDr Kuang-Hsu Chiang
Tel: (0131 6)51 6658
Course secretaryMrs Alison Edie
Tel: (0131 6)51 4241
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