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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Community Education (EDUA08062)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to provide a brief critical introduction to community education by exploring some of its defining ideas and the claims that are made for it. The course is designed to meet the needs of first year BA Hons Community Education students, but it may also be of interest to a wider audience who want to develop an awareness of approaches to informal educational theory and practice.
Course description Community education can be justified in a variety of ways, depending on how its purpose is understood. There are therefore different ways of thinking and talking about community education and why it matters. This course will introduce ideas from leading contributors to help students think about the theory and practice of community education both in the UK, particularly Scotland, and elsewhere. The course will explore the historical context of community education in the UK. Foundational ideas such as the importance of community, the value of self-help, empowerment, inclusion, citizenship, democracy and participation will be clarified and questioned in terms of their validity, utility and purpose. It will also enable students to gain insights into the key domains of practice such as, Adult Education, Community Development and Youth Work.
The course is taught through lectures and tutorials. Each lecture will include opportunities for questions, and a tutor-led activity such as a reading task or small group discussion. The tutorials will include opportunities for students to give a presentation and lead a discussion on a selected topic each week.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is NOT available in 19/20.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand different ways of thinking about key claims made for community education
  2. Identify some major differences in the thinking and practice of community education
  3. Understand a range of core concepts, principles and terminology which inform the theory and practice of community education
  4. Differentiate the contribution and focus of work in the main sectoral areas of community education
  5. Assess claims made for community education
Reading List
Tett, L (2010) Community Education, Learning and Development (Third Edition) Edinburgh; Dunedin Academic Press. (Approx. 15.00 retail)
Buchroth, I. & Parkin, C. (2010) Using Theory in Youth and Community Work Practice Exeter; Learning Matters Ltd. (Approx. 17.00 retail)
Both books are also available as an electronic resource via the main library catalogue.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge of the historical development and defining features of community education, along with an understanding of key theories, concepts and terminology and a capacity to question these.
Critically evaluate some of the key claims made about the theory and practice of community education.
Make effective use of oral, written and visual means to create and communicate understanding of the theory and practice of community education to a range of audiences.
Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities and work with others to present work and evaluate the contribution of peers.
KeywordsCommunity Education Youth Work Community Development Adult Education Empowerment Citizenship Partici
Course organiserMr Stuart Moir
Tel: (0131 6)51 6266
Course secretaryMrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373
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