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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Tied Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to L525
Tied to L530


  • None.


  • Professional Studies II (SOCI2021), Social & Psychological Studies II (SOCI2031), Practical Theories & Skills II (SOCI2041), Fieldwork Practice II (SOCI2062).

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop understanding of and skills in the organisation and management of community and youth work.


  • Management theories and their social and historical context.
  • Managing the organisation including financial control, monitoring and evaluation, policy development, managing change.
  • Human resource management, including staff selection, team-building and staff development.
  • Professional concerns including tensions between accountability to service users, managers and funders.
  • Managing multi-funded projects and inter-agency networks.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • knowledge and a critical understanding of key concepts in management and organisational theory relevant to community and youth work practice, including the values and assumptions that underpin different theoretical perspectives;
  • knowledge and a critical understanding of management structures and cultures in the work place.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • a critical awareness of opportunities for the development and management of community and youth work projects within a contract culture;
  • knowledge and skills in effective forms of financial management for organisations;
  • an understanding of and the ability to use key human resource management skills in optimising the effectiveness of service delivery;
  • the ability to monitor and evaluate work against established aims and objectives;
  • skills in project planning and development.
  • the ability to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives and concepts in relation to professional values and practice;
  • the ability to draw upon a range of concepts when making judgements about the effectiveness of the management of an organisation engaged in community and youth work.
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; adapt learning to overcome difficulties raised by self-reflection;
  • competence in the use of IT resources including the ability to: word-process; monitor and reflect on the use of IT skills; adapt learning to overcome difficulties raised by self-reflection;
  • 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

  • Students will be encouraged to draw upon personal and organisational experience to discuss programme topics. The structured programme will utilise a combination of lectures, group discussions, individual and group exercises and dialogue between tutor and students. Particular use will be made of case studies and examples to explore how theoretical approaches can be applied effectively to practice.

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
area research report 1 3000 words 50%
fieldwork report 2 3000 words 50%

Formative Assessment:

A project presented in class

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