module specification

SS4011 - Principles of Community Work (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Principles of Community Work
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
192 hours Guided independent study
108 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Community profile 2400 words
Coursework 40%   Reflective report 1600 words
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

The Principles of Community Work and Regeneration course introduces students to the environment within which community work takes place, and to the policy context, particularly in relation to regeneration. This module is a building block for community work skills and knowledge. It introduces students to definitions of community work, its origins and development. The module explores the principles of community development work, drawing on the National Occupational Standards for Community Development. It aims to explore the concepts of Social Justice, Self Determination, Working and Learning together, Sustainable Communities, Participation and Reflective Practice. It is taught over 30 weeks and is assessed through an essay, reflective writing piece and an evaluative report.

Module aims

Module aims
This module aims to:
1. Introduce students to the principles of community work, drawing on national occupational standards;
2. Explain the history of community work and the current policy context;
3. Outline the opportunities and challenges of regenerating communities and areas;
4. Explain key concepts such as empowerment, participation, social justice and sustainability; and
5. Enable students to critically reflect on their own work practice.


Topics include:

• Principles of Community work and reflective practice
• Young people and community work
• Community profiling and semi structured interview technique
• Key concepts of community work – social justice, participation etc.
• Reflective writing
• Transnational communities
• Youth-led CD work
• Big Society
• Models of CD work (CD NOS, ABCD etc.)
• Gender and community work
• Politically engaged community work
• New labour and regeneration partnerships
• New forms of community work
• Community work and refugee community organisations
• Freire, Alinsky & Gramsci

Learning and teaching

The main concepts will be introduced in lectures. Students will be encouraged to carry out directed work in groups and bring their own knowledge and skills to discussions. Practical tasks will be set, using a range of sources to inform decision making. Extensive use will be made of Weblearn resources.

Extra personal tutorials help and support with writing skills and academic guidance will be available. Students will be encouraged to make use of this support.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Outline the principles of community work, and how these inform practice in the current policy context;
2. Identify the key opportunities and constraints in regenerating communities and areas;
3. Address issues of empowerment and participation in developing sustainable communities and regenerating areas;
4. Explain inequalities in health, housing, education and crime and evaluate policy solutions; and
5. Carry out community profiling

Assessment strategy

Assessment strategy
The assessment of the module reflects the linkages made in the module between professional practice and wider social inequalities and changes. The module is assessed by a Community profile 2400 words (LO1) (LO5) and a reflective report 1600 words (LO1-LO4). Students will be assessed in their understanding of the principles of community work and in how the use of secondary sources in the field can be used in an ethical way to promote community development.
For the first assignment students will write an evaluative report based on a profile of a community of Place (a specific geographical locality).  Students will be assessed on their reflective practice, their knowledge of ways to engage and work with communities, and their knowledge of the concepts on equality, social justice, collective action and community empowerment, and how these values and principles become embedded in the practice of Community work.


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Chanan, G & Miller, K (2013) Rethinking Community Practice: Developing Transformative Neighbourhoods.  Bristol: Policy Press
Craig G, Mayo M, Taylor M and Shaw M. 2011. The Community Development Reader: History, themes and issues. Bristol: Policy Press.
Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning. National Occupational Standards for Community Development Work.
Gilchrist, A & Taylor, M. 2011.  The Short Guide to Community Development.  Bristol: Policy Press
Henderson P and Thomas D (3rd Ed). 1987. Skills in Neighbourhood Work. Oxford: Routledge
Imrie. R, Lees, L and Raco. M. 2008.Regenerating London. London: Routledge.
Ledwith, M (2011) Community Development: A Critical Approach.  Bristol: Policy Press
Popple, K (1995) Analysing Community Work: it’s theory and practice.  Buckingham: Open University Press
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Vertovec, S (2009) Transnationalism.  Abingdon: Routledge