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Undergraduate Course: Community Education: Theory, Policy and Politics (EDUA08063)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to a range of theoretical and ideological perspectives on policy and politics in relation to community education. It assesses their historical and contemporary significance and demonstrates that there are different and competing ways of making political arguments.
Course description An understanding of the dynamic relationship between theory, policy and politics is central to a critical analysis of educational and professional engagement in communities. Professional workers are in a position to interpret and define ┐ and if necessary redefine - social ┐problems┐ and their ┐solutions┐ in ways which benefit individuals and groups in communities. In general terms policy always needs to be interpreted and this creates scope for professional agency to be enacted. This foundational course is intended to develop students┐ ideological awareness, analytical skills and critical capacity to make cogent political arguments in their work in order to assist the analysis of social problem definition. The teaching programme will present a range of theoretical and ideological perspectives as frameworks through which to examine the wider political and policy context in which educational work is undertaken. Many of the concerns addressed in the course are applicable to a wide range of professions which engage with communities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will submit a 2500 word paper at the end of the course.
Feedback There will be a small group reflection exercise on learning ideologies mid-way through the course and a summative assignment at the end.

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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the significance of the relationship between theoretical ideas, policy and community education practice;
  2. Apply political perspectives to the critical analysis of social issues;
  3. Demonstrate awareness of competing ideological models and identify their impact on policy problems
  4. Construct informed political arguments relating to social issues, policy perspectives and contemporary practice.
  5. Evaluate a policy 'problem' and 'solution'
Reading List
Set Text

Heywood, A. (2012) Political Ideologies: An Introduction, (5th edition) Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Highly Recommended

Lister, R. (2010) Understanding Theory and Concepts in Social Policy, London: Policy Press.

Additional Reading
Alcock, P. (2003) Social policy in Britain: themes and issues, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cowen, H. (1999) Community Care, Ideology and Social Policy, London: Prentice Hall.

Blakemore, K. (2007) Social Policy: an introduction, Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Curtice, J., McCrone, D., Park, A. & Paterson, L. (Eds.) (2002) New Scotland, new society?: are social and political ties fragmenting? Edinburgh: Polygon.

Jamrozik, A (1998) The sociology of social problems: theoretical perspectives and methods of intervention, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Leach, R. (2002) Political Ideology in Britain, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Pierson, C., Castles, F and Naumann I. (2014 Third Edition) The Welfare State Reader, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Taylor, G (2007) Ideology and Welfare, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Timetable is arranged annually
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jim Crowther
Tel: (0131 6)51 6176
Course secretaryMrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373
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