The course comprises three core modules:
Issues of Health and Well-being (15 credits)
Health and Social Research Methods
introduces key concepts of health and well-being in the context of youth work and community development.
introduces strategies and methods of social science research commonly used in social and healthcare settings.
Theory & Practice of Community Development
introduces students to key concepts explored in relation to practice, policy and the National Occupation Standards.
You will study up to five other modules depending on your chosen pathway. There are three pathways:
The generic pathway offers the greatest flexibility
The research pathway includes taught modules in research methods and advanced research methods, plus a 90 credit dissertation. You will consider practice-based, evaluative and academic modes of research
On the management pathway you are required to take three management modules and complete a management-focused dissertation
There is plenty of opportunity to specialise on a chosen theme within modules and by using the Negotiated Module and the Dissertation / Practice Related Project to pursue themes in depth.
A number of specialist modules are taken, these include:
First semester modules:
allows you to formulate, present and implement an individual proposal in an area of professional relevance and interest.
Managing Services and People
increases self-confidence and performance as a manager of people and projects within a youth work and community development environment.
analyses concepts of oppression, discrimination and inequality and develops effective anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice.
Second semester modules:
Health and Social Research Methods 2
is focused on critical deconstruction of approaches to research and evaluation
Optional modules x 2
(select from a varied list of specialist modules)
(60 or 90 credits)
There are a several specialist optional modules available in each of the semesters, although some are only available biennially.