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 and Queen's Campus Stockton
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 Studies I (SOCI1271), Practice Theories and Skills I (SOCI1281), Fieldwork Practice I (SOCI1301).

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The familiarisation with the use of the learning resources of the University and their application in professional practice.
  • The development of practice skills through preparing for fieldwork placements.
  • The development of knowledge and understanding of political structures and processes.


  • Study and fieldwork skills including the use of learning resources within the University and the introduction to key theories and skills appropriate to fieldwork practitioners.
  • Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate practice and to use recordings and case studies.
  • Management studies will introduce students to the structures and processes at a local and national level.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • awareness of different organisational models with reference to community and youth work;
  • understanding of organisational systems and practices;
  • critical understanding of values, purposes, structures and processes as aspects of organisations;
  • awareness of the context within which fieldwork is undertaken.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • ability to apply techniques of learning relevant to the professional context of youth and community work;
  • ability to relate decision making processes to questions of accountability and power;
  • ability to critically evaluate concepts, ideas, theories, models of practice in relation to fieldwork practice.
Key Skills:
  • a range of communication skills: the ability to: evaluate and synthesise information obtained from a variety of sources; communicate relevant information in different ways; respond effectively to others;
  • competence in the use of IT resources including the ability to: word-process; monitor and reflect on the use of IT skills; demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team, including specific abilities to: plan work with others in order to achieve desired outcomes; establish good working relationships with peers; monitor and reflect on external feedback on personal contributions; monitor and reflect on use of skills in working with others;
  • 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; seek and use feedback from both peers and academic staff; monitor and critically reflect on the learning process.

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

  • Group exercises and discussions; individual exercises; lectures

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
practice analysis exercise of 3000 words 50%
one fieldwork report of 3000 words 50%

Formative Assessment:

One introductory essay

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