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Theory and Practice of Parenting MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

The course aims to provide an opportunity for graduates with relevant professional and/ or academic qualifications to study at an advanced academic and professional level while exploring the theory and practice of work with parents.

•This is the first Master's level course designed specifically for people working in the field of parenting
•The high quality practice-related modules are designed to enable practitioners and clients to achieve planned change in parenting practice through the processes of education, development and practice-oriented research
•The course focuses on the development of the creative reflective practitioner committed to social justice, equality and innovatory and progressive practice
•The course aims to increase your systematic knowledge and critical awareness of the national and international literature and research, to extend your understanding of parenting through participation in analysis of theory and the challenges and opportunities in proposing, planning and delivering services for parents in a multi-cultural and inter-professional milieu.

This course consists of four core modules, and two option modules. The MSc is completed with a dissertation of 60 credits. In the first year of the course the modules include:

•Theory and Practice of Parenting: Knowledge and Skills for Practitioners (30 credits) is grounded in the latest research relevant to parenting
•Making Sense of Qualitative and Quantitative Data (15 credits) develops advanced and specialist knowledge in the fields of qualitative methods, narrative analysis and discourse analysis.
•Health and Social Research Methods (15 credits) introduces strategies and methods of social science research, including those commonly used by practitioner-research in social and healthcare settings
•Designing, Delivering and Assessing Learning (15 credits) aims to support and improve your knowledge and skills for designing, delivering and assessing learning of their staff and/or clients. These modules provide the foundation for the dissertation.
Optional modules:

•The Negotiated Module (15 credits) provides the opportunity to explore an idea or issue, or take forward your knowledge and understanding of a particular subject
•Managing Race and Diversity (15 credits) explores and critically reflects on the management of ethnic diversity as a concept
•Anti-Oppressive Practice (15 credits) aims to analyse concepts of oppression, discrimination and inequality
•Management of Services and People (15 credits) seeks to enhance your self-confidence and performance as a manager.
In the second year of the course the modules include:

•Working with Groups of Parents (15 credits) provides the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to working with groups of parents
•Health and Social Research Methods 2 (15 credits) focuses on developing your understanding of research methods. You will consider key philosophical questions relating to knowledge generation, developing understanding of the range of methodological techniques available to researchers, and investigate the potential benefits ICT provides. The dissertation enables you to choose and research a particular topic in depth. The course commences with a one week teaching block in September/October, introducing you to the course team and each other, and focusing on the core modules to be studied during the first semester. You will be notified of the exact dates for the block teaching week once you have made a successful application.

Visit the Theory and Practice of Parenting MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the De Montfort University web site for more details!


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