Youth and Community Work MA/PG Dip

Taught Higher Degree, Full-time

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Key Details

  • 1.5 Years
  • Full Time
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Overview

Overview

These courses are primarily for those working in or intending to work in local authority and voluntary organisation youth work settings, as well as those working with, and managing organisations for young people. You will gain knowledge and experience of the policies, best practice and skills required to develop both personally and professionally.

You will professionally qualify at the Postgraduate Diploma level. Those going onto the masters will develop further research skills and have the opportunity to research their areas of interest in their dissertation.

What will the course cover?

Youth and Community Work is a modular programme in which the focus of assignments will be negotiated to suit you and your working environment. As a student you can expect to mix with students from a variety of professional backgrounds, promoting and enhancing your learning and teaching experiences. Fieldwork practice is central to this course (placements for full-time students, work voluntary settings for part-time students).

We aim to ensure that the course is a stimulating synthesis of theory and practice, where, as a practitioner, you will be encouraged to explore youth work and community development as a form of critical, social and informal education. This course will enable you to study a variety of modules and there is an emphasis on current social policy and its impact on practice. You will explore management theories and how these relate to youth and community work. A special focus is given to the role of the youth and community worker as critical reflective practitioner.

We expect you to evaluate all aspects of the course as this enables the programme to remain dynamic and relevant as well as responsive, creative and informed by best practice.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a range of strategies such as portfolios, presentations, written reports and essays, work-based studies and practical tasks. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

Attendance

You can choose to study the course full-time over 1-2 years, delivered through approximately 30 hours of contact time per module for 8 weeks. You will normally be taught on the same day of the week for the duration of the course and can expect to undertake a work placement for 12-16 hours per week in addition to taught sessions.

Alternatively, you could study part-time over 2-3 years which will provide you with the flexibility to combine paid employment with study. The work placement would normally be your place of work and you must also undertake 156 hours at an alternative place of work.

Special Features

This is one of the few professional youth work courses in the West Midlands which provides you with the opportunity to meet national Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) standards. You will benefit from Newman’s considerable experience and reputation in the areas of teacher education, child development and community engagement.

Entry Requirements

Good relevant first degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent previous experience

Contact details

Contact: Contact for course content enquiries: Pauline Grace (MA Programme Leader; Senior Lecturer in Youth & Community Studies) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2428) Email: youthwork@newman.ac.uk

Contact for admissions enquiries: Admissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2437) Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

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Course Fees

2018/19* MA Home/EU Students £4,950 (Module fee £825) PG Diploma Home/EU Students £3,300 (Module fee £825)

* Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, for initial enrolment to your course in subsequent years. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Modules

As a full time student, you will study a total of 180 credits each year. The credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits or 30 credits and dissertations are 60 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.
  1. PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORK
    (Compulsory) ywm701
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module will focus upon students understanding of self and professional development. It will encourage students to explore personal and professional values, exploring how these are formed, focusing upon how they might clash or support youth and community work philosophies. Finally, the module will critically analyze the inherent political nature of youth and community work practice. This will equip students with the necessary knowledge and awareness to meet present-day requirements while enabling them to develop a strong professional discipline and identity.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 24.00 Independent : 100.00 Placement : Total :  124.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to enable the student to:

     

    • Understand and articulate their personal and professional identity

    • Understand the principles of youth and community work, their historical development and the ethical and professional dilemmas in youth and community work

    • Appreciation and dissection of public policy framework that has informed youth and community work and education in general.

    • A deep insight into non formal education and its relationship to experience and knowledge and be able to make links to key educational and political theory

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Critically understand learning about personal development through group participation and social, political and popular education

    • Critically understand and critique the role of community organisations in contributing to cohesion and integration, contestation and change

    • Critically understands the meaning and practice of community and the community-based context for practice

    • To be a professional who understands and can articulate their role as educators in relation to other professionals

    • Have the ability to build trusting relationships and foster democratic and inclusive practice

    • To be able to build partnerships with community groups and young people's projects and other professionals in education and in health and social care

    • Reflect on their own and others' value systems and the ability to explore such values

    • Organise and articulate opinions and arguments in speech and writing, including justifying a personal position in relation to the subject

    • Has an ability to use information and communication technologies and demonstrate digital literacy

    • Undertake small-scale participatory research projects, collect, analyse, interpret and present qualitative and quantitative data and  present data

    • Demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of their own learning and performance

    • Demonstrate emotional literacy

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment - 80% Attendance Requirement

    Component 2 - 100% Poster Presentation (30 minutes, 4000 words equivalent)

  2. APPLIED REFLECTIVE PRACTICE
    (Compulsory) ywm702
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module comprises of 350 hours of fieldwork practice and related study with an appropriate community and youth work agency. At least 50% will be face to face with young people. The practice is planned so that this period, together with YC706 Alternative Enquiry will provide students with opportunities to:

     

    Plan, implement and evaluate appropriate community and youth work interventions

    Develop practice competencies

    Undertake an assessment and evaluation of the agency

    Examine the application of theory to practice

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 24.00 Independent : Placement : 350.00 Total :  374.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • enable students to develop experience, awareness and practical skills in youth work

    • encourage students to reflect on and analyse their professional roles and identities

    • build links between theory and practice

    • provide a context for the work-related observations and reflections in other modules

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Explore the contested nature of reflective practice and its theory.
    • Critically understand the meaning and practice of community and the community-based context for practice.
    • Critically understand the dynamics of power, empowerment, democratic learning and discrimination
    • Critically understand the legal obligations and duties of care in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and promoting good mental and emotional health
    • Critically understand the principles of informal education, conversation, critical dialogue,  experiential and situated learning and reflective practice
    • Is an autonomous critical and reflective practitioner

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Assessment of Attendance and Participation

    Component 2 - 70% Mahara Portfolio (4500 word eqivalent)

  3. APPLIED COMMUNITY STUDIES
    (Compulsory) ywm703
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module provides the basis for understanding the contexts of community work and the relationship with other workers in local communities. It will explore the diverse and contested meanings of community and related concepts putting these in sociological and cultural frameworks. It will analyse different models of intervening in and with communities, including those to challenge inequality and discrimination, and the relationship to youth work. It will emphasize the importance of youth workers knowing the community contexts of their work and how this is variously perceived by other professionals, and different members of the community, including young people. ‘Knowing communities’ will raise issues about different methods of enquiry and what is appropriate and ethical. Attached to this module are 90 hours of assessed practice.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 24.00 Independent : 10.00 Placement : 90.00 Total :  124.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Analyse community based learning, and the different approaches to community work

    • Explore the contested meanings of community and related concepts such as citizenship, social capital and resilience

    • Recognise the diversity within and between communities, the range of workers in the community work and the different interests of young people from different communities

    • Identify and analyse different methods of community intervention e.g. community development, capacity building, including enabling those who see themselves as powerless to challenge inequality and discrimination

    • Evaluate methods of enquiry that develop understanding of communities and empower people within communities

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Explore and understand the meaning and practice of community and the community-based context for practice

    • Explore and understand contexts  in which community and youth workers are employed including the distinctive cultures of third sector and faith organisations, and multi agency approaches

    • Critique the role of community organisations in contributing to cohesion and integration, contestation and change

    • Explore and understand the ethical and professional dilemmas in youth and community work

    • Become an autonomous critical and reflective practitioner

    • Become a professional who understands and can articulate their role as educators in relation to other professionals

    • Build trusting relationships and foster democratic and inclusive practice

    • Facilitate young people’s and adult’s individual and collective learning and development

    • Build partnerships with community groups and young people's projects and other professionals in education and in health and social care

    • Reflect on their own and other’s value systems and the ability to explore such values

    • Organise and articulate of opinions and arguments in speech and writing, including justifying a personal position in relation to the subject

    • Demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of their own learning and performance

    • Demonstrate emotional literacy

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment - 80% Attendance Requirement

    Component 2 - 100% Written Strategy (4000 words)

  4. CONTEMPORARY PEDAGOGIC ISSUES IN YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORK
    (Compulsory) ywm704
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will begin by defining critical pedagogy and exploring student’s practice in relation to the concept.  Investigation of the historical developments of education in youth work students will lead on to exploration of how the continuum of Socratic/Platonic state oriented education and Rousseau’s development of the individual has informed pedagogical approaches and education policy ever since.  The relationship between intersectionality and the two educational standpoints and the formal/informal education continuum will be explored and pedagogical methods as examples of practice across the spectrum will be experienced.  

     

    Referring to theorists including Freire, Gardner, Holt, Illich, Noddings, Russell, A.S Neill and Suissa, students will critically evaluate their practice both as opposed and complementary to formal education approaches; and will explore the relevance of ‘alternative’ education arenas such as Summerhill, free schools and elective home education in critiquing the role and uses of pedagogy as a tool for either denying or promoting human rights. 

     

    Using knowledge acquired throughout the module, students will be required to critique the educational value of youth and community work with specific reference to Youth Work NOS.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 24.00 Independent : 126.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  150.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Explore and understand the tensions, and contested nature of youth and community work, both practical and conceptual.
    • Evaluate critically the role policy has in shaping education and youth and community work, and how and when workers can inform and influence policy
    • Develop a systematic awareness and critical understanding of different histories, forms and conceptualisations of education and knowledge creation and promote originality in application to practice

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Develop a systematic understanding of power dynamics, empowerment, democratic learning and discrimination
    • Develop a critical awareness of the principles of informal education, conversation, critical dialogue, experiential and situated learning and reflective practice
    • Critically understand learning about personal development through group participation and social, political and popular education
    • Critically understand contexts  in which community and youth workers are employed including the distinctive cultures of third sector and faith organisations, and multi- agency approaches
    • Have a comprehensive understanding of the techniques required to be an autonomous critical and reflective practitioner
    • Become a professional who has a comprehensive understanding of and can articulate their role as educators in relation to other professionals
    • Have the ability to build trusting relationships and foster democratic and inclusive practice
    • Have the capacity to systematically and creatively facilitate young people’s and adult’s individual and collective learning and development
    • Rreflect on their own and other’s value systems and the ability to explore such values, making sound judgments regarding appropriate action
    • Organise and articulate opinions and arguments in speech and writing, including justifying a personal position in relation to the subject
    • Ability to use information and communication technologies and demonstrate digital literacy
    • Ability to work on their own initiative and in cooperation with others
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of their own learning and performance
    • Demonstrate emotional literacy

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment - 80% Attendance Requirement

    Component 2 - 100% Negotiated Assessment (4000 words equivalent)

  5. PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
    (Compulsory) ywm705
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    In this module students will consider the professional environment in which their career will develop and seek to engage them in critical analysis of evolving pressures, standards and patterns of work. Throughout the module students will have the opportunity to test out creative, academic and more informal styles of writing. The module will challenge students to write a peer reviewed journal article, blog or funding bid.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 24.00 Independent : 100.00 Placement : Total :  124.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

                        

    • Consider the status of youth work and its standing in relation to other workers with young people
    • Prepare students to write in a variety of formats including: peer reviewed article, professional blog, international funding bids, report writing etc.
    • Identify main blocks and helpful hints to successful writing
    • Clarify the expectations of a peer reviewed journal article, bids etc.

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to’;

    • Critically understand the dynamics of power, empowerment, democratic learning and discrimination
    • Critically understand the principles of informal education, conversation, critical dialogue,  experiential and situated learning and reflective practice
    • Critically understand contexts  in which community and youth workers are employed including the distinctive cultures of third sector and faith organisations, and multi agency approaches
    • Critically understand and critique the role of community organisations in contributing to cohesion and integration, contestation and change
    • Become autonomous critical and reflective practitioner
    • Become a professional who understands and can articulate their role as educators in relation to other professionals
    • Build trusting relationships and foster democratic and inclusive practice
    • Build partnerships with community groups and young people’s projects and other professionals in education and in health and social care

    Reflect on their own and others' value systems and the ability to explore such values  

    • Organise and articulate opinions and arguments in speech and writing, including justifying a personal position in relation to the subject
    • Use information and communication technologies and demonstrate digital literacy
    • Ability to work on their own initiative and in cooperation with others
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of their own learning and performance
    • Demonstrate emotional literacy

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment - 80% Attendance Requirement

    Component 2 - 100% Writing for Publication (4000 words)

  6. ALTERNATIVE ENQUIRY
    (Compulsory) ywm706
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to enable students to design and deliver a small scale piece of action research within a fieldwork setting. It encourages students to test the nature and appropriate use of qualitative research strategies and methods in gaining knowledge and developing practice. Allowing students to explore the range of issues pertinent to conducting research including ethics, validity and reliability, conducting a review of the literature and developing the ability to gather, retrieve and synthesise information. Students will explore a number of methodologies and methods including qualitative and ethnographical approaches, interviewing, surveying and participative approaches.  

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 24.00 Independent : Placement : Total :  24.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Enable students to understand the nature and appropriate use of qualitative research strategies and methods in gaining knowledge and developing practice.
    • Allow student to explore the range of issues pertinent to conducting research including ethics, validity and reliability, conducting a review of the literature and to developing the ability to gather, retrieve and synthesise information.
    • To explore a number of methodologies and methods including qualitative and ethnographical approaches, interviewing, surveying and participative approaches.  

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Explore the contested nature of reflective practice and its theoretical underpinnings
    • Critically understand the principles of informal education, conversation, critical dialogue,  experiential and situated learning and reflective practice
    • Reflect fluently using theory on action and starting to apply this in action with considerable autonomy
    • Become an autonomous critical and reflective practitioner
    • To build trusting relationships and foster democratic and inclusive practice
    • To build partnerships with community groups and young people's projects and other professionals in education and in health and social care
    • Reflect on their own and other’s value systems and the ability to explore such values
    • Organise and articulate opinions and arguments in speech and writing, including justifying a personal position in relation to the subject
    • Use information and communication technologies and demonstrate digital literacy
    • To undertake small-scale participatory research projects, collect, analyse, interpret and present qualitative and quantitative data and  present data
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of their own learning and performance 

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment - 80% Attendance Requirement

    Component 2 - 100% Pilot Data Collection Techniques (5000 words)

  1. RESEARCH PROPOSAL
    (Compulsory) ywm707
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

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    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : Independent : Placement : Total :  0.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • enable students to gain an alternative view of youth and community work
    • encourage students to reflect on and analyse their professional roles and identities
    • build links between theory and practice
    • provide a context for the work-related observations and reflections in other modules 

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Explore the contested nature of reflective practice and its theory. Critically understands the meaning and practice of community and the community-based context for practice.
    • Critically understand the dynamics of power, empowerment, democratic learning and discrimination
    • Critically understand the legal obligations and duties of care in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and promoting good mental and emotional health
    • Critically understand the principles of informal education, conversation, critical dialogue,  experiential and situated learning and reflective practice
    • Become an autonomous critical and reflective practitioner
    • Become a professional who understands and can articulate their role as educators in relation to other professionals
    • To build trusting relationships and foster democratic and inclusive practice 
    • Has the capacity to facilitate young people’s and adult’s individual and collective learning and development
    • To build partnerships with community groups and young people's projects and other professionals in education and in health and social care
    • Reflect on their own and other’s value systems and the ability to explore such values
    • Organise and articulate opinions and arguments in speech and writing, including justifying a personal position in relation to the subject
    • To work on their own initiative and in cooperation with others
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of their own learning and performance
    • Demonstrate emotional literacy

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Assessment of Attendance (80%) and Participation

    Component 2 - 70% Mahara Portfolio (5000 words)

  2. DISSERTATION
    (Compulsory) ywm708
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module will comprise of a taught element and a supervised research project. It will cover:

     

    The nature of practitioner research, its complexities and challenges

    The use of research in social welfare policy and practice

    Approaches to social research, ontological and epistemological issues

    Ethical issues in research

    Developing research questions

    Literature reviewing

    Sampling

    Methods of data collection

    Methods of data analysis

    Interpretation and validation

    Writing up research

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : Independent : Placement : Total :  0.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Give students a critical understanding of how research may be used to inform social welfare policy and practice
    • Enable the students to understand the key debates about the nature of ‘practitioner research’ and the complexities and challenges facing practitioners undertaking research
    • Explore a range of research methodologies and methods and enable the students to review, evaluate and apply these appropriately and justify choices made
    • Facilitate students to develop an appreciation of the ethical issues that may arise during the research process and the commitment and skills to apply appropriate principles of ethical conduct in practice
    • Develop students skills in collection, analysis and presentation of data
    • An overview of the necessary skills to report findings, draw conclusions, and locate context of research and literature
    • Is confident, proactive and fluent within their reflective practice, both theoretically and practically 

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Critically understand the dynamics of power, empowerment, democratic learning and discrimination
    • Critically understand the principles of informal education, conversation, critical dialogue,  experiential and situated learning and reflective practice
    • Critically understand contexts  in which community and youth workers are employed including the distinctive cultures of third sector and faith organisations, and multi- agency approaches
    • Critically understand and critique the role of community organisations in contributing to cohesion and integration, contestation and changeBecome an autonomous critical and reflective practitioner
    • Become a professional who understands and can articulate their role as educators in relation to other professionals
    • Aability to build trusting relationships and foster democratic and inclusive practice
    • Able to build partnerships with community groups and young people's projects and other professionals in education and in health and social care
    • Reflect on their own and other’s value systems and the ability to explore such values
    • Organise and articulate opinions and arguments in speech and writing, including justifying a personal position in relation to the subject
    • Ability to use information and communication technologies and demonstrate digital literacy
    • Aability to work on their own initiative and in cooperation with others
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of their own learning and performance
    • Demonstrate emotional literacy

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment - 80% Attendance Requirement

    Component 2 - 100% Dissertation (15000 words)