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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • To help students develop an understanding of the ways in which the arts have helped to shape and influence community and youth work practice.
  • To stimulate an appreciation of the potential and actual contribution they can and do make to enhancing contemporary practice.


  • Brief history of the development of links between cultural movements and youth and community practice from the early 19th century onwards.
  • In particular the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement and the ideas of Ruskin and Morris upon early practitioners.
  • Consideration of value and tensions inherent in the state sponsorship of the arts, role of propaganda and agit-prop in community work, and examination of contemporary funding of community arts.
  • Evaluation of current practice with particular emphasis of the use of the arts in informal educational settings, community programmes and development.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • knowledge and critical understanding of the history, theories, current principles and practice of community arts
  • knowledge and critical understanding of the history, aims and objectives of the arts funding system
  • critically understand current principles, theories and practice of community, art and society.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • the ability to identify and articulate the potential for a variety of arts projects in the community.
Key Skills:
  • a range of communication skills including the ability to: evaluate and synthesise information obtained from a variety of sources; communicate relevant information in different ways and select the most appropriate method of communication for different tasks; monitor, and reflect on, the use of communication skills;
  • competence in the use of IT resources including the ability to: word-process; monitor and reflect on the use of IT skills;
  • 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; 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

  • A mixture of structured lectures, speakers and field visits will be used to explore the topics. Case studies, group discussion, slides and videos will be used throughout the module.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Total 200
Lectures 12 1 Per Week 2.5 Hours 30
Preparation and Reading 170

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:

Contributions to seminars and student presentations and discussions

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