Practice and Policy Inquiry EDUC5944

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Beginning as a micro level analysis of ethics and values and exploring any contradictions between personal and professional values, this course progresses through to a macro analysis of policy creation and the impact this has on the communities students engage with. The course utilises a range of methods to explore ways and means to critique and challenge our engagement with communities and provides examples of participatory ways of building rapport and conducting research.

Timetable

The course is delivered in weekly four hour blocks over 5 weeks

Requirements of Entry

None

Assessment

50% policy analysis essay

50% community mapping project

Course Aims

The course aims to explore ways and means to critique and challenge our engagement with communities and provides examples of participatory ways of working and conducting research within communities. Practically the course utilises analytical skills to explore community mapping and policy development in a manner that is beneficial to professional practice and academic writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Demonstrate and critically evaluate the principles and values of CLD informing a wide range of practice in the field

2. Practice reflexivity, allowing them to understand their own positinality and subjectivities, in relation to the above

3. Identify, analyse, and design community-based and participatory methods of research

4. Analyse and critique the construction of policy and how this impacts on communities and practices in the field

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

A minimum of 80% attendance at compulsory lectures