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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Tied Level 2 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to L525
Tied to L581


  • Fieldwork Practice I (SOCI1302).


  • Practice Theories & Skills II (SOCI2021), Social & Psychological Studies II (SOCI2031), Professional Studies II (SOCI2041), Management & Fieldwork Studies II (SOCI1051).

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To equip students with confidence, skills and core understandings transferable across a wide range of settings in which youth and community work is practised.
  • To broaden knowledge of the range of settings in which community and youth work is practised.
  • To provide opportunities for students to engage in the type of work expected of professionally qualified full-time workers.
  • To provide opportunities to plan, implement and evaluate intervention strategies with users of the agency informed by a commitment to equal opportunities and the use of social and informal education methods geared to empowerment of users.
  • To enable analysis of the framework in which the agency operates including its history, research base, managerial structures and the achievement of overall aims and objectives. This should include opportunities to understand the roles and functions of key agency workers.
  • To enable analysis of the area in which the agency operates and an assessment of service provision and needs.
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skills essential for effective resource management in practice.


  • Students will undertake a period of 12 weeks supervised fieldwork practice in an appropriate agency - chosen to enable the student to develop those gaps in their knowledge/skills identified in the first period of practice.
  • They will be required to take on particular pieces of work agreed with their fieldwork tutor, which must include a focus on the management functions of a full-time worker.
  • They will be required to evaluate their learning and to attend regular supervision sessions and a two day workshop in the University mid-way through the placement.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the placement students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate levels of understanding and application of skills appropriate to professional tasks and responsibilities.
  • Be aware of the responsibilities of key workers and be able to demonstrate accountability and reliability within the agency and the staff team.
  • Be able to demonstrate through day to day practice, recordings and other written work, their commitment to, and understanding of, equal opportunities and empowerment principles and practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate through behaviour and commitment an awareness of the need for professional practice towards those they work with and for.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to analyse, plan,implement and evaluate practice informed by anti-oppressive and empowerment objectives.
  • Be able to demonstrate, through their recordings and supervision sessions, their ability to reflect critically on practice.
  • Be able to describe how knowledge gained from the University-based learning relates to their practice.
  • Be able to critically evaluate information about the agency, e.g. its traditional catchment of users, methodologies of work, history, resourcing, utilisation of resources and key managerial issues.
  • Be able to formulate a community profile based on the area on which the agency is placed demonstrating skills in information gathering, analysis, needs assessment and research based on a community development approach.
Key Skills:

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

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    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Fieldwork 12 12 weeks (or equivalent) full-time 250
    Preparation and Reading 150
    Total 400

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Fieldwork Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    assessment of fieldwork competence by fieldwork tutor, according to agreed criteria in fieldwork practice documentation 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    Completion of self learning tasks identified in fieldwork practice documentation

    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