Postgraduate taught 

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

Theorising Community Practice EDUC5946

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course explores community practice from both critical and post critical theoretical perspectives, enabling students to enhance their understanding of practice that builds tolerance and collaboration when working in communities. The course examines the contested nature of community practice and considers how feminist, anti-oppression and human rights' theories can underpin work within communities that strives for longer-term positive social change.


The course is delivered across 10 weeks, on Mondays from 10 am to 12 noon.

Excluded Courses





Assignment 1: Individual Task - Create a Zine to convey an analysis of ACY Provision in either a local or global context - 25%

Assignment 2: 2500-Word Critical Discussion on theories that underpin practice that builds tolerance and collaboration in transformative community practice - 75%

Course Aims

This course explores community practice from both critical and post critical theoretical perspectives, enabling students to understand underpinning principles and theories that inform diverse practice and approaches in adult learning, community development and youth work settings

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


LO1 Locate Adult Learning, Community Development and Youth Work within a wider discourse of critical pedagogy and post critical theories

LO2 Critically discuss theories and principles that underpin practice that builds tolerance and collaboration within community practice in local and global contexts

LO3 Demonstrate how feminist, anti-oppression and human rights' theories underpin transformative practice

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.