The aim of this module is to challenge and support you to critique and connect ideas of equality, citizenship and empowerment to real world contexts in respect of community organisation and grassroots advocacy. You will gain an understanding of the role that 'community' plays in social change by examining a range of theoretical perspectives associated with power, change and participation. You will synthesise and critically evaluate research, policy and practice evidence regarding an aspect of community-based social change and put these ideas into practice.
This module is not formally a part of the regulated content of the MSW, however the learning in this module will support students' learning in the following Professional Capabilities Framework domains:
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Due to the contested natures of ‘social justice’ and ‘community’, we face significant dilemmas in the application of the principles of social justice to support change in an increasingly unequal world. The aim of this module is to challenge and support you to critique and connect ideas of equality, citizenship and empowerment to real world contexts in respect of community organisation and grassroots advocacy.
This module aims to encourage students to critically engage with some of the key theoretical standpoints informing approaches to community action both within the UK and internationally. You will have the opportunity to consider and critique the viability, sustainability and ethics of particular community-based approaches.This module explores the challenges and contradictions of community development practice in the contemporary context learning from local and more high profile social movements.
In this module you will consider how to work within community settings by looking at local policy and provision; your knowledge will then grow from the local to the global, increasing your cultural awareness.
By the end of the module you will:
Be able to engage in discussions around the core concepts taught in the module; power, social justice, community and social change.
Have developed a broad understanding of a range of community-based approaches to social change and their theoretical traditions.
Be able to critically evaluate of a range of specific theories and models of practice that are relevant to community-based action and advocacy
Have an awareness of the complex interrelationships between the individual, community, society and state
Use theory in combination with critical reflection to inform your interpretation of the world around them and their approach to working with others.
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|Departmental - aural assessment
The group project starts at the beginning of the Autumn Term and will be worked on throughout the module. Formative feedback will be given in group workshops and discussions throughout the module. More formal formative feedback will be given in Spring week 10 (see formative assessment).
Reassessment will be required at component level with the critical reflection (final) essay being weighted more heavily to take account of possible failure in the documentary film element.
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Students will receive formative feedback on their plan for the documentary film during the spring and summer terms through a series of planned submissions
Summative assessment feedback will be given within 4 weeks.
Cornwall, A. (2011) The Participation Reader. London: Zed Books.
Craig, G. & Mayo, M.(eds) (2011) The Community Development Reader: History, Themes and Issues. Bristol: Policy Press.
Dutta, M.,J. (2011) Communicating Social Change. Structure, Culture and Agency. London: Routledge.
Field, J. (2016) Social Capital. London: Routledge.
Gilchrist, A. (2009) The well-Connected Community. Second Edition. Bristol: Policy Press.
Ledwith, M. (2016) Community Development in Action. Putting Freire into Practice. Bristol: Policy Press.
Meader, R. R., Shaw, M. & Banks, S. (eds) (2016) Politics, Power and Community Development. Bristol: Policy Press.
Community Development Journal