Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to L525
Tied to L530


  • Relevant prior experience in Community and Youth Work or a related field.


  • Professional Studies I (SOCI1261), Social and Psychological Skills I (SOCI1271), Management and Fieldwork Studies I (SOCI1291), Fieldwork Practice I (SOCI1301).

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop interpersonal skills as community and youth work practitioners through acquiring skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to initiate, maintain and develop relationships with a wide range of people.
  • To develop understanding of individual and structural oppression and the personal effects of oppression.
  • To develop methods of confronting/challenging oppression and discrimination.


  • Understanding the relationship between, theory, practice and skill.
  • Theory and practice of community and youth work skills including:- listening, observing and interpreting, self awareness, establishing relationships, interpersonal skills, values, understanding and awareness of how our own values impinge upon and affect our relationships with people.
  • Understanding and promoting equality includes:- consideration of key philosophical debates and a historical overview of the struggle for equality, equal opportunities in relation to legislation, policy and practice.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • an integrated understanding of practice, theory and skill;
  • an understanding of the significance of individual work and group work;
  • a basic knowledge of humanistic principles of working with others individually and in groups;
  • knowledge of, and commitment to, the key principles and values of the work.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • the ability to critically evaluate concepts, ideas, theories and models of practice in relation to work with individuals and groups and the planning and evaluation of community work and youth work interventions.
Key Skills:
  • a range of communication skills: the ability to evaluate and synthesise information obtained from a variety of sources;
  • competence in the use of IT resources including the ability to: word-process;
  • a capacity to improve own learning and performance, including: ability to manage time effectively; work to prescribed deadlines; engage in different ways of learning including both independent and directed forms of learning; gather necessary information from a range of bibliographic and electronic sources.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Group discussions, group work, presentations, reading and reviewing relevant text, lectures, class discussions.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 16 1 or 2 per week 2 hours 32
Preparation and Reading 168
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
2500 words written assignment 1 50%
2500 words written assignment 2 50%

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University