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Undergraduate Course: Community Work (EDUA10121)

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
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Concepts and Controversies in Community Education (EDUA08064)
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. Identify relevant policy developments
  2. Critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse complex problems and issues
  3. Critically review the contradictory relationship between politics, policy and practice
  4. Articulate potential areas of 'relative autonomy' in professional practice
  5. Identify possibilities and problems for practice in the current policy context
Reading List
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
Policy & Politics
Critical Social Policy
Journal of Social Policy


Additional Information
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.
Personal Effectiveness
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.
Keywordscommunity policy practice
Course organiserMs Margaret Petrie
Tel: (0131 6)51 4788
Course secretaryMrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373
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