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

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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
Not being delivered
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 Students will engage in lectures and tutor led tutorials via the hybrid model incorporating either on campus or on line delivery.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Gary Fraser
Course secretaryMrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373
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