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Postgraduate Course: Working in partnership with people with dementia for service change (ISSH11023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course considers ethical and cultural approaches to working in partnership with people with dementia: the perspective of the quality of human life; aspects of social citizenship and person-centred approaches to work; exploring current knowledge produced by people with dementia and future plans for co-produced knowledge both at national and global level.
Course description Working in partnership with people with dementia for service change is an international interdisciplinary course offering a unique opportunity to focus on service development in a climate of changing and increasing focus on the service user. The course offers an advanced educational level of study in a rapidly growing area of health and social care. It aims to develop the knowledge base and confidence of professionals across agencies and disciplines including managers, educators and policy makers, who are increasingly working with different client groups who have dementia. An important aspect of the course is the opportunity to examine the socio-economic and cultural positioning of people with dementia across international contexts; and the importance and challenges of working in partnership. Students will develop the knowledge of dementia, value base, leadership skills and confidence to work with people with dementia to bring about service development and change.
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop a critical understanding of a variety of epistemological and theoretical approaches to working in partnership with people with dementia from a global perspective.
  2. Critically apply social and developmental understandings of working in partnership with dementia
  3. Develop a critical awareness of how dementia services development to partnership working can promote wellbeing in people living with dementia
  4. Demonstrate critical reflexivity about their own personal and professional values and how these inform anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice in dementia care service development and provision within their own 'real-world' working practice
Reading List
Bartlett, R., and O¿Connor, (2010), Broadening the Dementia Debate: Towards Social Citizenship. University of Bristol, Policy Press.

Innes, A., (2009), Dementia Studies. London: Sage publications.

Innes, A., Kelly F., and McCabe, L. (eds) (2012), Key Issues in Evolving Dementia Care: International Theory-based Policy and Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Kirshnamoorthy, E.S., Prince, M. J., and Cummings, J.L., (eds) (2010), Dementia: A Global Approach. Cambridge University Press.

Hughes, J. C., Louw, S., and Sabat, S.R., (eds) (2006), Dementia: Mind, Meaning and the Person. Oxford University Press.

Journal articles from relevant eJournals e.g. Ageing and Society; International Journal of Dementia; Disability and Society; Health and Social Care in the Community; Social Theory and Health
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Have a critical awareness of the principal theories and concepts within the field of dementia care.
- Promote independent learning and reflection on practice relating to working with people living with dementia.
- Confidence in the possible future development of dementia policy and services in their own setting and country, based on theory, research and principles of good practice.
- An ability to work independently as well as the ability to effectively analyse and discuss course content with other students and tutors.
Additional Class Delivery Information CPD online distance learning
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Eva Joanna Alexjuk
Tel: (0131 6)51 3942
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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