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Postgraduate Course: Learning in Communities: Place, power and pedagogy (EDUA11357)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis foundational course will provide an opportunity for students to acquire insights into educational practice in communities in Scotland, the UK and internationally.
Course description The legacy and rich seam of community learning practices, across Scotland, the UK and internationally, provide a base of knowledge and experience for contemporary professional engagement today. The roots of professional practice, particularly in the fields of adult education, community development and youth work, are important in terms of experiences in developing learning opportunities for and with diverse communities of place and identity. Moreover, building community is itself a pedagogical process, fraught with power. Since the language of community is so often associated with the language of empowerment, practitioners working with communities must possess a critical analysis of power. In challenging circumstances, the professional practitioner always has to exert intellectual agency, as well as pedagogical capacity, to develop creative, critical and reflexive educational interventions. The conceptual elasticity of 'community' makes it attractive to the state, the third sector, grassroots organisations and increasingly, the private sector. Therefore, the dynamic context in which practice occurs means that students entering the profession must have an understanding of the politics of community in relation to various learning contexts. This foundational course will provide an opportunity for students to acquire insights into educational practice in communities in Scotland, the UK and internationally.
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
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss the meaning of community and how this has implications for educational practice.
  2. Understand historical trends and influences on educational practice in communities in Scotland and beyond.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the politics of policy in relation to different communities.
  4. Identify the impact and significance of different educational interventions with communities or groups.
  5. Articulate a coherent account of the interplay between theory, policy and practice in working educationally with and for community.
Reading List
Apple, M. (2013) Can Education Change Society? London: Routledge
Batsleer, J. & Davies, B. (Eds.) (2010) What is Youth Work? Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd
Brookfield, S. (2006) The Power of Critical Theory, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Coburn, A. & Wallace, D (2011) Youth Work in Communities and Schools. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.
Freire, P. (1972) Pedagogy of the Oppressed, London: Penguin.

Hooks, b. (2003) Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope. London: Routledge.
Jeffs, T. & Smith, M. K. (Eds.) (2010) Youth Work Practice. London: Palgrave
Wood, J. & Hine, J. (eds.) (2009) Work with young people. London: Sage Publications.
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Jim Crowther
Tel: (0131 6)51 6176
Course secretaryMs Mairi Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 4241
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