Undergraduate Course: Community Work (EDUA10121)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is particularly concerned with the current policy context as it constructs and constrains the community work task. It aims to locate and analyse those policy discourses which inform the context of practice and to identify what spaces exist between competing discourses and demands in which to develop a critical, competent and coherent community work practice.
This course will explore the changing context of professional practice, and examine the implications of key policy discourses. It will consider the complex relationship between politics, policy and practice in relation to specific practice contexts. It will explore the changing role of the professional practitioner.
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify relevant policy developments
- Critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse complex problems and issues
- Critically review the contradictory relationship between politics, policy and practice
- Articulate potential areas of 'relative autonomy' in professional practice
- Identify possibilities and problems for practice in the current policy context
|Key Reading Texts|
¿The public sphere as dilemmatic space¿ an extract from Hoggett, P, Mayo, M and Miller, C (2008) The Dilemmas of Development Work: Ethical Challenges in Regeneration, Policy Press, Bristol. [Available on Learn]
Cornwall, A (2008) ¿Unpacking ¿participation¿: models, meanings and practices, Community Development Journal, 43 (3).
Harrison, (2013) ¿Bouncing back? Recession, resilience and everyday lives¿, Critical Social Policy 33 (1) 97-113.
Wallace, A (2009) ¿Governance at a distance? The turn to the local in UK social policy¿, in Rummery, K, Greener, I and Holden, I (eds) Social Policy Review 21, Policy Press.
Fraser, G (2012) ¿Community development and the politics of local government¿, Concept 3(3) 2012.
Jupp, E (2012) ¿Rethinking local activism: ¿cultivating the capacities¿ of neighbourhood organising¿, Urban Studies, 49 (14) pp. 3027-3044.
Meade, R and Shaw, M (2011) ¿Community development and the arts: Sustaining the democratic imagination in lean and mean times¿, Journal of Arts & Communities, 2(1).
Shaw, M and Crowther, J (2013 forthcoming) Adult education, community development and democracy: renegotiating the terms of engagement¿, Community Development Journal.
Stanistreet, P (2013) ¿Things we didn¿t learn at school¿, Adults Learning, Winter 2012.
Quinn, N and Knifton, L (2012) ¿Positive Mental Attitudes: how community development principles have shaped a ten-year mental health inequalities programme in Scotland¿, Community Development Journal, 47 (4).
Toomey, A. H (2011) ¿Empowerment and disempowerment in community development practice: eight roles practitioners play¿, Community Development Journal, 46(2) pp. 181-195.
Community Development Journal
Concept (available free at http://concept.lib.ed.ac.uk/
Policy & Politics
Critical Social Policy
Journal of Social Policy
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Work both independently and collaboratively in academic context
Make critical connections between theory and practice
Recognise and value communication as a tool for negotiating and creating new understandings.
Be reflective and reflexive in relation to intellectual inquiry and professional practice
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Students will engage in lectures and tutor led tutorials via the hybrid model incorporating either on campus or online delivery.
|Keywords||community policy practice
|Course organiser||Ms Margaret Petrie
Tel: (0131 6)51 4788
|Course secretary||Mrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373