Power and Empowerment EDUC2095

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course enables students to understand and critique a range of theoretical ideas relating to power, empowerment and discourse which determine the social, cultural, and political contexts of community development practice.


A series of 5 weekly 4 hour inputs and a 2 hour tutorial

Requirements of Entry

Completion of level 1, or equivalent (including those students who have entered directly into year 2 with appropriate qualifications)


Visiting students must have some experience of working with groups in communities


1. (75%) Essay: 1,500 words to demonstrate critical understanding of power and empowerment 

2. (25%) Presentation to accompany written essay

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to enable students to understand the theories and manifestations of power structures and the theories, impacts, and possibilities of empowerment and discourse use in relation to community development practice. In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore this critical knowledge in relation to how it can impact the practice and possibilities of community development.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Apply critical understandings of power and empowerment use to a range of community development issues, projects, and goals

2. Effectively develop own practices in response to new knowledge and understandings of uses and impacts of power, empowerment and discourse in community contexts

3. Relate and discuss specific understanding i.e. of power and empowerment, with peers, colleagues, and a range of stakeholders to enhance students' current and ongoing practice and impact in the field

4. Present work according to academic conventions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

80% attendance

Each element of the course assessment must be passed