Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Introduction to Social Theories EDUC1065

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course introduces students to a range of social theories, which provide important theoretical and conceptual foundations for community development practice and theory.


6 weekly meetings of 4 hours

Requirements of Entry



1. A 2000 word assessment (100%)

Course Aims

To enable students to become familiar, and understand, a range of social theories related to community development.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

The student will be able to:

1 Describe and understand a range of social theories, which are relevant to community development practice

2 Make links between a range of social theories and issues that are prevalent within community development practice

3 Demonstrate how a range of social theories influence community development practice

4 Present work according to academic conventions

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

80% attendance

Each element of the course assessment must be passed