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Postgraduate Course: Difference, diversity and power in counselling practice (20 credits) (CNST11068)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a core course for the Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) and the Pg Diploma in Counselling. It provides students with the opportunity to focus on this important practice theme in detail. The course examines issues of difference, diversity and power in contemporary social and political contexts, exploring theories of power and how it is exercised; societal and interpersonal processes of exclusion; inclusion and promoting equality; with a focus on the student's own personal experience in relation to these issues.
Course description The course will focus on sociological theories and debates in relation to difference, diversity and power and the controversies surrounding the place of counselling in these. Students have the opportunity to analyse these issues broadly as well as undertake detailed study on specific areas, such as race, gender, sexuality, disability, age, faith and others. The course focuses on how counselling practitioners work effectively with these issues in their practice with clients. Students will be required to undertake significant personal work on these issues and the safety of the learning environment required for such personal development work will be addressed from the outset.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 24, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 4,000 word essay
Feedback Formative feedback will be given throughout the course, especially in Practice and Process Groups (PPGs).

Summative feedback will be given on the course paper via Learn.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the theories of power and how it is exercised, including societal and interpersonal processes of exclusion, inclusion and promoting equality.
  2. Apply these concepts and theories to their personal narrative and professional practice as a counsellor in training.
  3. Analyse the social and political contexts in which debates and practices around equality and diversity are conducted.
  4. Appraise key sociological debates regarding the potential of therapeutic practice both to reinforce and to challenge inequalities and exclusion at intrapersonal, interpersonal and societal levels.
  5. Recognise their strengths, learning and support needs in relation to difference, diversity and power in counselling practice.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is delivered to each Pg Diploma cohort in 3 full days in semester two of the first year.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Adrian Martinez
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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