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.

Service in the Community PUBPOL4033

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is for visiting students only. The course gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience of welfare provision in Scotland through a placement in a voluntary organisation. Tutorials are held to allow students to critically reflect on their practical experiences in combination with and informed by academic study.


The course will be offered annually between September - December. There will be one hour weekly tutorials and a placement in a voluntary welfare agency for 6 hours per week for 8 weeks.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Active Citizenship




One 3,000 word reflective journal

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The overall aim of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to combine practical experience of welfare provision with academic study.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

■ Outline the aims and services of a welfare agency;

■ Evaluate their role as a volunteer in a welfare agency;

■ Assess the impact of their participation in community service on staff and service-users in a welfare agency;

■ Make critical connections between the academic coursework and their experiences on placement;

■ Critically reflect on and evaluate their intellectual, personal, and employability skills development in the context of the combination of placement learning and academic coursework.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Submission of six 'progress reports' confirming students' attendance on placement; and the achievement of at least grade G2 for the summative assessment of a 3,000 word reflective journal.