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Undergraduate Course: Politics, Policy & Professional Identity in Community Education (EDUA10117)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of the course is to explore the interplay between the professional, the policy and the political contexts in which community educators operate.
Course description The course will consider the ways contemporary theoretical debates about community, equalities, social order, social justice, citizenship and democracy both open up and constrain the possibilities for professional action. Particular attention is given to the interrogation of specific policy and policy discourses at different levels from the local to the transnational.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Concepts and Controversies in Community Education (EDUA08064) AND An Introduction to Research in Community Settings (EDUA08065) AND Community Education Professional Practice 1 (EDUA08066)
Co-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students also take Adult Education (EDUA10120) OR Community Work (EDUA10121) OR Youth Work (EDUA10122)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will submit a 4,000 word paper at the end of the course.
Feedback Feedback on your work
Feedback is an integral part of this course and takes many forms. We encourage you to see learning and teaching as a partnership: we will do our best to give you helpful feedback on your work, and it is up to you to make the best use of the feedback you receive. If you find yourself unsure of how to make good use of feedback, please speak to the Course Organiser. You will also find a wealth of information on feedback, including information about what to expect and how to make use of if, on the University's Enhancing Feedback website, available at:

Informal Feedback
Informal, formative feedback takes place during lecture and tutorial discussions throughout the semester. Your tutor will comment on your understanding of the ideas covered in the course, and may give you specific advice regarding your progress. Such feedback is intended to help you understand what your strengths and development points are, and to enable you to take informed responsibility for your learning and progression.

Formal Feedback
We will aim to release your provisional marks and feedback within 15 working days from the date of submission. If there is a delay for reasons that cannot be anticipated we will let you know as soon as possible, and will give you a revised date.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop, deploy and evaluate different kinds of theoretical arguments and understand their potential to frame the terms of the debates that are possible
  2. Understand the relevance of current intellectual debates to theoretical accounts of community, citizenship and democracy
  3. Locate the local and particular within the global and universal
  4. Think in a constructively critical way about the contemporary politics of citizenship and democracy
  5. Critically analyse how politics and policy create opportunities and constraints for community educators
Reading List
Bacchi, C. (1999) Women, Policy and Politics: The Construction of Policy Problems. London: Sage.

Clarke, J. and Newman, J. (1997) The Managerial State. London: Sage.

Craig, G., Burchardt, T. and Gordon, D. (2008) Social Justice and Public Policy: Seeking Fairness in Diverse Societies. Bristol: Policy Press

Delanty, G. (2000) Citizenship in a Global Age: Society, Culture, Politics. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Fraser, N. (1997) Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the ¿Postsocialist¿ Condition. New York: Routledge.

Hacker, J. and Pierson, P. (2010) Winner-Take-All-Politics. New York: Simon Schuster.

Hancock, L. Mooney, G. and Neal, S. (2012) ¿Crisis social policy and resilience of the concept of community¿, Critical Social Policy, 32(3): 343-364.

Kuisma, M. (2008) ¿Rights or privileges? The challenge of globalization to the values of citizenship¿, Citizenship Studies, 12(6): 613-627.

Lawy, R. & Biesta, G. (2006) ¿Citizenship-as-practice: The educational implications of an inclusive and relational understanding of citizenship¿, British Journal of Educational Studies, 54(1): 34-50.

Mayo, M., Gaventa, J. and Rooke, A. (2009) ¿Learning global citizenship? Exploring
connections between the local and the global¿, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice,
4(2): 161-175.

Mooney, G. and Scott, G. (2012) (eds) Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland. Bristol: Policy Press.

Pierson, P. (1998) ¿Irresistible forces, immovable objects: Post-industrial welfare states confront permanent austerity¿, Journal of European Public Policy, 5(4): 539-560.

Wacquant, L .(2009) Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity Durham: Duke University Press

Walby, S. (2009) Globalisation and Inequalities. London: Sage.

Wilkinson, R. and Picket, K. (2010) (2nd edition) The Spirit level: Why Equality is Better For Everyone. London: Penguin.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Timetable is arranged annually
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Callum Mcgregor
Course secretaryMrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373
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