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Postgraduate Course: Community Engagement: co-constructing knowledge with communities (EDUA11358)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will enable students to address the core challenges associated with community engagement which sets out to work alongside communities rather than on them. It will teach a progressive methodology which draws on participative techniques and encourages both, innovation in the process of engagement, and the co-construction of knowledge with communities.
Course description A range of policy imperatives mean that practitioners from the whole spectrum of public, private or charitable service providers need to know how to effectively engage with communities. This growing prominence of community engagement marks a new emphasis on the need for agencies and institutions to recognise the value and significance of communities as stakeholders and to endeavour to engage with them in all of their work. These imperatives will require agencies to develop new approaches and methods to help them make their engagements both meaningful and effective.

These approaches and methods are grounded in an ethical value base which:
Respects the experience of communities and seeks to understand the hopes, fears and aspirations of people as a starting point for engagement and the development of curriculum.
Implements methodological approaches to the development of curriculum which are dialogical and co-constructed to reflect the interests of communities and agencies alike.
Accepts the premise that people will act to change the conditions which inhibit and disrupt their full participation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  35
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will be asked to complete:

A 1500 word digital portfolio (40%). The digital portfolio will be expected to meet Course LOs 1-4. [Students are invited to blog about their reflections on the relationships between set course readings, lectures, group discussions and contemporary examples of community engagement every week for 11 weeks. Student blogging forms the basis of the formative and part of the summative assessment for this course].

A 2500 word analytical report (60% of overall mark). The report will be expected to meet Course LOs 1-5.
Feedback Prior to the written submission, students will receive feed forward guidance on their contributions to weekly digital portfolio.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss the meanings and purposes ascribed to the term community engagement and the impact on engagement policy.
  2. Illustrate a critical understanding of models and frameworks of engagement
  3. Demonstrate practical skills and knowledge of participatory approaches to community engagement and research
  4. Evidence understanding of praxis and dialogical approaches to knowledge co-construction.
  5. Develop a programme of engagement which could lead to transformative action
Reading List
Andersen. L., Boud, D. and Cohen, R. (2004) Experience Based Learning in Foley, G. (Ed.). Understanding Adult Education and Training. Second Edition. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 225-239.
Dempsey, Sarah E. (2009) Critiquing Community Engagement, Management Communication Quarterly, August 2010; vol. 24, 3: pp. 359-390., first published on December 9, 2009
Geraldine Blake, John Diamond, Jane Foot, Ben Gidley, Marjorie Mayo, Kalbir Shukra and Martin Yarnit (2008) Community engagement and community cohesion, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Horowitz CR, Robinson M, Seifer S (2009) Community-based participatory research from the margin to the mainstream: are researchers prepared? Circulation 2009;119(19) :2633

Senior, Paul (2013) Community Engagement, Innovation: Past, Present and Future, Probation Journal 60 (3), 242 ¿ 258

Shor, I and Freire, P. (1987) A Pedagogy for Liberation. New York: Bergin and Garvey. p 17 ¿ 51
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Sarah Ward
Tel: (0131 6)51 6120
Course secretaryMs Annemarijn Huizinga
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