module specification

IF3067 - Introduction to Community and Society (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Introduction to Community and Society
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Reflective report
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Morning

Module summary

The aims of the module are to:
• Provide an understanding of types of community and community development and youth work at local, national and international level
• Analyse diversity within and between communities
• Analyse how individuals and communities can influence policy making
• Identify career opportunities and routes for community development, youth studies and social science students
• Develop employability skills in community work, youth work and allied professions


• Defining community and community development  LO1 LO2 LO3
• Introduction to communities in London  LO1 LO2 LO3
• Introduction to national policy on youth and community  LO1 LO2 LO3
• Transnational, international and national communities  LO1 LO2 LO3
• Services provided to local communities: how these work, and how to influence service provision  LO2 LO3
• My future career- competences and employability LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will be delivered through lectures, workshops and blended learning. Materials and interactive tests will be provided on the virtual learning environment Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own academic and professional development

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Define community and the contribution of community work and youth work to sustainable communities
2. Evaluate the challenges and opportunities of working with diverse communities
3. Examine the context to current social issues, and how individuals and communities can influence policy in a range of areas, while researching possible future careers in these related areas

Assessment strategy

The assessment of the module reflects linkages made between social sciences, community development, youth work and professional practice. The module is assessed through a reflective report that links academic context and professional development


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
Isaacs, S (ed.) (2014. Social problems in the UK: an introduction. London: Taylor an Francis
Twelvetrees A (4th Ed). 2008. Community Work. Basingstoke: MacMillan