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Community Development and Leadership - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

The Community Development and Leadership BSc focuses on social concerns affecting people in everyday life. It is a professional course validated by the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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This degree is an ideal choice for people who want to work with communities in a wide range of professional roles. We have extensive links with employers offering work experience opportunities in community trusts, youth clubs, housing associations, charitable organisations and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The course also includes a placement.

The focus of the degree is on working with diverse communities and empowering them to improve their lives and that of their families and communities. This can include the health, education and housing of local people.

This degree is the only one of its kind in the country that has two validations from professional bodies: the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning and the Chartered Institute of Housing. This will provide you with the management and leadership skills you need to take your first step on the career ladder.

Examples of careers our recent graduates have entered are full-time councillor, lecturer, Chief Operations Officer in education and setting up campaign groups. Other graduates have gone onto postgraduate courses, such as Social Work MSc.

Assessment

You are assessed via essays, individual and group projects and a final dissertation. The emphasis will be to combine your academic work with reflection upon real-life experience. There are no examinations.

Professional accreditation

The degree is endorsed by the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board as a professional qualification for community development work. It is also validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

We also welcome those without formal qualifications who can show enthusiasm, commitment, and the ability to benefit from higher education.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Community Development and Youth Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) BSc.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module will enable students to recognise and demonstrate the importance of communication as a core skill both in their academic journey and also for working in health and social care settings. Students will consider the theory and practice of communication in a variety of formats; the communication needs of a range of service user groups within diverse settings with colleagues and peers. Students will also develop their reflective skills in order to appraise the development of their own communication skills particularly in response to feedback

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Monday afternoon

    This module examines the changing pattern of households and family life, work and employment, with a particular emphasis on differences in cultures and how this interlinks with social divisions. It addresses causes and patterns of inequality, and the opportunities and challenges of living in a multi-cultural society. There is an introduction to anthropological perspectives to these issues, and to the different approaches to communities and cultures.
    It includes significant elements of skills development, orientation to the university and the expectations of the university and course. It will also introduce issues around the use of IT, and provide subject-specific IT and web skills training. It is taught over 30 weeks and is assessed by two essays, each 200 words long.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module introduces ideas concerning leadership through personal development activities and peer supported learning. Students work on personal target setting, self-review and reflection to examine issues of concern to themselves and to various communities. Through working with others in a small group, students are encouraged to reflect on ways of supporting others in making developmental decisions and choices. Specific attention is given to diversity and the development of inter-personal skills that support the learning process in group contexts. This includes opportunity for students to reflect upon the ways in which adults develop and work together for common aims. Students are encouraged to identify ways in which community development work can promote individual learning and the implications for practitioners within a range of work situations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    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.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    Principles of Community Work and Regeneration 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 and an evaluative report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    To examine how social problems become conceived as such by the media, government and civil society and to analyse the impact of particular social problems on society. We shall also reflect on the location of particular social problems in different spaces: global, regional, national, local and examine policy responses to particular social problems

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module will provide students with an introduction to the discipline of Sociology and some of the basic skills of identifying, applying and evaluating sociological approaches, concepts and debates to everyday situations. It will also provide an introduction to constructing sociological arguments, thinking critically and assessing sociological evidence.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module examines the core concerns of recent social policy initiatives. Under the New Labour government, persistent inequalities in British society led to a focus on ‘joined-up’ thinking and the re-conceptualisation of these inequalities as ‘social exclusion’. A range of community-based projects lay at the heart of promoting ‘social inclusion’. The core values of this approach are embodied in the National Occupational Standards for community development work:, promotion of community empowerment through a concern for people’s rights as citizens, the need for social justice and an understanding of our rich and diverse society. Recent government rhetoric extols the virtue of a ‘Big Society’, and this module will offer the opportunity to evaluate emerging policy developments in this area.

    This module sets the present concerns and processes in an historical and academic context. We look back to the struggles of the Civil Rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s and the impact this made worldwide. We consider some of the political debates which underpin discussions of rights, social justice and equality. More recent debates concerning the processes of globalisation will be considered before moving locally to the UK to consider changes in our approaches to inequalities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module explores the theoretical and philosophical bases of leadership and how this translates into both formal and informal leadership roles within real life organisations. The module aims to demystify leadership. It introduces some of the key management processes relevant to contemporary organisations while recognising the cultural and ethical aspects of such processes. Particular attention will be given to small and medium sized organisations in the voluntary and community sectors (VCS). The module will be divided approximately in three, and will move from the concrete to the abstract with the expectation that students will integrate theory with their practice. The first part will be a task to be completed during the visits to organisations. In the second part students will draw on their observations to relate theory to practice. In the third part students will be encouraged to reflect on their own capabilities as leaders and to prepare for work situations outside of the university and in the future. Case studies and visits will be used to identify appropriate criteria for the definition of good practice (values, standards and models), to critically reflect on the relationship between theory and practice in a community development setting.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module will introduce research and specially applied research to students from community development and Leadership and Health and Community Development areas. Students will be introduced to the research process and research knowledge and skills relevant to professional and academic development. These research principles will provide a foundation for understanding approaches to social research and evidence based practice and research design. It will introduce research methods and the basics of preparing a research proposal on themes related directly to community development field. It will further focus on how to decide the appropriateness of different research approaches in a variety of environments.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables the students to develop an understanding of contemporary socio-cultural, economic and political structures and discourses that impact on diverse communities in Britain. It explores the theoretical underpinnings of the hotly contested political debate for and against multiculturalism in Western democracies. It examines some of the rapidly changing migratory patterns and emergence of new refugee and migrant communities. The module tackles questions of whether and how it is possible to develop a sense of belonging in a culturally diverse society. It enables the students to develop a critical understand of the emerging cultures and communities in Britain and examine some of the changes which have taken place as a result of the global migration and technological innovation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Employability in the Community Sector promotes and tests the development of employability skills for people who want to work in the community sector. This could be in community work or in a range of community outreach roles in, for example, housing, health or education. Students will complete an ‘assessment centre’, a method commonly used in selecting job applicants. This will involve interview skills, writing and logic tests. Students will be tested on their employability skills, and will be encouraged to address gaps in their knowledge and experience of their chosen area of employment. The module is assessed through portfolios. The module is taught over 15 weeks in the Spring semester.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    The module examines the impact of globalisation on inequalities in our current 21st century world. Evidence suggests that inequalities are increasing within many countries in the world as a consequence of globalisation and the module will examine these increasing and changing patterns of inequality. Growing urbanisation, rural-urban migration and the growth of poverty and slums in the global south and of social polarisation in cities in the global south and north are considered. The module examines changes in social class, gender and ethnic divisions and inequalities in our contemporary world. It looks at the growth of a new global elite, the growth of the middle class in many countries and cities throughout the world and at the growth of a precarious social class. The module looks at how globalisation has impacted gender inequalities with globalisation leading to the increasing participation of women in many countries and regions of the world.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module is designed to develop a critical awareness of policy changes, professional approaches and contexts, professionalism, organisational functioning to promote effective partnership working. Students will be introduced to and explore key organisational theories and practices and develop a critical understanding of the impact of organisational culture and change and policies upon professional practice. The module also develops student skills in effective teamwork, collaborative decision-making and negotiation through a series of participative learning experiences.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module develops students’ research skills and involves the design, completion and write-up of a supervised, independent research project. It incorporates an on-going self -evaluation written up as a reflective research log and demands considerable time management abilities as well as the deployment of academic skills. On Community Development and Leadership, the Dissertation is usually done at the same organisation where the Work Placement is carried out. Where appropriate, this may also be linked to the activities of the International centre for Community development (ICCD).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This is an Honours level core module and is based on a supported and self-managed work experience. The work placement provides an opportunity for students to gain in depth knowledge of an area of interest which could form the basis of the subject Project module.
    This module is designed to enable students to undertake a work placement in an organisational setting relevant to community development/anthropology and to utilise this experience to develop and reflect on:
    • The understanding of the academic discipline of the degrees
    • The National Occupational Standards for Community Development Work
    • The range of generic and specific skills a student will need in their future career/area of employment, and
    • A student’s own learning and performance.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module aims to examine current thinking regarding development issues in the voluntary and community sectors. Specific emphasis will be given to capacity building, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. Specific community development projects will be explored within the context of community action. Questions will be asked about how community development reflects and / or challenges changes in the external environment; including legislation and funding mechanisms. Case studies from community-based initiatives in the UK and globally will be used to illustrate current debates. Students will be required to participate in the planning, initiation and development of a real world live project. Work will be reviewed against the National Occupational Standards for Community Development Work.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module aims to focus on the competing and contested nature of the concept of “disability” and the implications it has on community development. It examines disability as a new social movement together with the ‘modernist’ and post-modern discourses around disability that informs much of the social policy provisions and community practice today. The module considers the radical transformation of the ways in which disability is understood - informed by the Disability Rights Movements of the 70s and 80s in the UK, and enables students to engage in a culture of debates and reflective practice that are critical and therefore increasingly required for effective community work.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    The module is designed to aid the students’ professional development with a particular emphasis on Youth/community work Industry. Students will explore identified key skills underpinned by key theories concepts and ideas, in order to be an effective practitioner thus increasing their employability in the sector. There will be opportunities for students to enhance their current skill set and critically reflect in order to enhance their development.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module will recognise the multidisciplinary context of ageing and encompass the biological, psychological, social gerontological, political and sociological perspectives. Demographic trends suggest that health promotion and meeting the health needs of older people are and will continue to be a growing necessity and priority for health and social care. The module will cover relevant theories, emerging policies and research in relation to older people in the UK, practice and ethical issues, including consent for interviews. Definitions of old age will be explored along with the social and cultural contexts. The debate about usage of health and social care services and costs is addressed. As London’s diverse population ages, the health and social care challenges grow to ensure an efficient and effective service user and carer focused service. The integration of health and social care organisations has changed, and will change, the employment base for many professionals and has major implications for the care and service delivery for older people across the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    Homelessness and Housing Policy outlines the key issues of housing policy in the UK with a focus upon homelessness. It looks at the history of housing policy and of social housing in particular in the UK; at housing trends in the UK and the causes of the current housing crisis in London in particular and at homelessness. Combined with other modules in the faculty, such as ‘Housing Issues and Housing Solutions’, this module provides a housing pathway for students wishing to develop or further their careers in this area. The module runs for 14 weeks, and is assessed through a seminar presentation and a 2,500 word essay.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    Housing Issues and Housing Solutions outlines the key issues that face people working in housing, residents and community workers. It will provide a policy context, but will focus on a practical approach to dealing with community-related & housing issues, their causes and solutions. It will examine the rights and obligations of residents and identify good practice in key management areas such as resident involvement, dealing with anti-social behaviour and disrepair. Combined with other modules in the faculty, such as ‘Housing and Homelessness’, this module provides a housing pathway for students wishing to develop or further their careers in this area. The module runs for 15 weeks, and is assessed by an essay, a report and an interactive Weblearn test.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module examines human rights violations within the context of social and political conflicts and the specific context of armed conflict. Human rights problems, in their essence, challenge political, moral and ethical questions we hold about ourselves and the world in which we live. When we gain an understanding of what human rights we as human beings are entitled to, we gain an understanding of our own identities, as well as an understanding of the struggles in other parts of our own community, our wider country of residence, and in other nations within our collective global society. We also learn in this context the importance of understanding human rights in conflict resolution.

    The module will address both theory and practice as it applied to real-world problems. Case studies will include human rights problems in conflict situations, including the situation of refugees and internally displaced persons, human rights defenders working in war zones, gender based violence and discrimination violence against women, and victims of ethnic cleansing and genocide.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    The study of political sociology here involves an investigation of the interaction of political ideas, such as democracy, with social change. This interrelationship - between culture, economy, social structure, and political processes - will be studied using key theoretical approaches. The areas of specific study will be based around an investigation into the state, nationality, interest groups, new social movements, and power. These will be critically assessed in the context of an analysis of power and change. Students will look at different approaches such as structuralism, rational choice theory, political culture theory. Thus by the end of the module students should have an understanding of recent sociological explanations of political processes and events, a grasp of the competing approaches in the field, an understanding of the main methods of analysis.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Cultures, Identity and Difference
  • Principles of Community Work and Regeneration
  • Developing Self and Group Learning
  • Social Problems and Social Issues

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Leadership and Organisations
  • Human Rights, Social Justice and Diversity
  • Researching Cultures and Communities

Options include:

  • Health Promotion and Policy
  • Community, Culture and Change
  • The Developing Student: Self-Reflection and Learning
  • Employability in the Community Sector
  • Gender, Ethnicity and Youth Identities
  • Decision Making and the Voluntary Sector
  • Employability in the Community Sector

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Community Development and Leadership Dissertation
  • Community Development and Leadership Work Placement
  • Development and Social Enterprise

Options include:

  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Human Rights and Conflict
  • Homelessness and Housing Policy
  • Experiences of Later Life
  • Current Issues in Disability
  • Political Sociology
  • Housing Issues and Housing Solutions

This expanding field of careers incorporates managers or researchers. Job titles might include community centre manager, project officer, fundraising manager, and volunteer co-ordinator.

Related careers are in housing, health, education, regeneration, crime reduction, in community trusts and charitable organisations, local councils and national institutions and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Some students also progress to postgraduate study.

If you are interested in this course, then email the course leader, Patrick Mulrenan, at p.mulrenan@londonmet.ac.uk for more details.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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