Postgraduate taught 

Adult Learning, Community Development & Youth Work (CLD Standards Council Accredited) MEd/PgDip

Responding to Adversity in Communities: Sex, Drugs, and (Vegan) Sausage Rolls EDUC51089

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will critically examine theories of marginalisation and exclusion through the lenses of sexual and reproductive health; drug use; and food insecurity and sustainability; and will explore youth and community work responses


This course will run over a series of 10 weeks, on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 noon

Excluded Courses





Assessment 1 - Podcast or Video - 40%


1. Students will produce a 10-minute podcast or video in which they provide a critical review of youth and community work responses to one topic covered in the course. The podcast or video should apply both relevant theory and practice-based responses to the topic.


Assessment 2 - Essay (2000 words) - 60%


Students must critically assess adversity and marginalisation in communities such as drug use, reproductive justice and /or food insecurity and sustainability and consider community development responses.

Course Aims

To enable students to critically analyse and develop responses to multiple sites of adversity and marginalisation within communities.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


LO1 Critically assess a range of complex adversities experienced in communities, locally and globally.

LO2: Critically evaluate theoretical constructs of diversity and marginalisation.

LO3: Critique and explore youth and community work responses to drug use, reproductive justice and food insecurity and their practice implications in communities.

LO4: Identify national and local community development policies and praxis to reduce marginalisation.

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.