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WHY STUDY THIS PROGRAMME?. This is the first course of its kind here in the UK and is building on growing interest in social pedagogy. The course links to the successful BA Hons in Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation which is run here at UCLan and has excellent student feedback. Read more

WHY STUDY THIS PROGRAMME?

This is the first course of its kind here in the UK and is building on growing interest in social pedagogy. The course links to the successful BA Hons in Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation which is run here at UCLan and has excellent student feedback.

It has been co-produced and will be co-taught by ThemPra, the leading organisation supporting development of social pedagogical practice in the UK. It meets the professional standards of practice as set out by the Social Pedagogue Professional Association.

Links with European partner organisations that use social pedagogy in practice as well as universities that run social pedagogy programmes of study.

The course is taught using experiential teaching techniques and is taught in a fun and creative way. All activities are transferrable into practice and students are encouraged to develop creative practice in their direct work.

Our course offers a social pedagogical perspective to leadership, enabling managers and senior practitioners in leadership roles to apply its principles, theories and philosophy to assist people to develop a culture of care and support within organisations and communities. Social pedagogical leadership also enables professionals to influence decisions and develop, support and sustain positive change using inclusive and empowering practice in working with disadvantaged groups.

DBS CHECKS

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

INDUSTRY LINKS

Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) which is the UK’s only membership organization and the professional home and centre of excellence for social pedagogy, its theory and practice. SPPA holds the Standards for Occupational Proficiency in Social Pedagogy and the Standards of Education and Training in Social Pedagogy. They It also facilitates communities of practice which are spaces where people can learn from each other, supporting the development of Social Pedagogy in the UK. We are working alongside our partners in SPPA and ThemPra to ensure our course development reflects best practice in this emerging field and the MA course meets the Standards of Education and Training in Social Pedagogy.

The majority of lectures are members of the SPPA.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

This programme adopts an innovative approach in its teaching and learning methods. It is based on the premise that significant learning is acquired by doing, and that learning involves the whole person participating in learning activities. To achieve this the course uses a range of experiential learning methods including applied theatre, creative writing, reflective exercises, practical and creative workshops, as well as lectures and self-directed study. This delivery plan provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply their understanding of social pedagogy, leadership, theory, values and approaches.

Teaching will draw on interactive and experiential learning through practical activities that let students experience the challenges around leadership and enable the group to apply their learning and reflect on their own value base. Through the use of interactive activities, role play, case studies and sharing practice examples students will be encourage to discuss and apply theory.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Due to current government agenda and policy there is continued change within the social care/work arena aimed at transforming the workforce both in children and adult services. The ability of managers to support change and development has been highlighted as an important part of their role, as well as having the skills to support staff through change process. Supporting staff to work within limited resources whilst also providing high standards of care is also another key feature within the sector, and social pedagogy has been identified as helping support staff to reach this aim.

Social pedagogical leadership will also provide meaningful insight and the skills and knowledge needed for you to design self-managing structures with flat hierarchies, to galvanise your employees’ motivation and commitment to a deeper purpose and recognise them as human beings rather than a brain or pair of hands.

OPPORTUNITIES

We are hoping to attract international students on to this programme, the benefit of this will be the opportunity for collaborative learning as well as discussions on social pedagogical practice in different countries.

Some of the course team are also involved in a European project focused on social pedagogy across Europe. Again these links will be used within the course with opportunities to enhance learning and will include guest speakers, on-line video session and field/study trips.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend the Social Pedagogy Development network that is run by ThemPra once a year. As well as the annual SPPA conference and webinars hosted by them.

Graduates will be able to apply for management positions within a wide range of social work/care, education and health settings.

There are also potential routes into research and PhD and Professional Doctorial studies.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COURSE

  • Creative and experiential teaching
  • This is not taught like a standard university course
  • It is fun
  • Theory and learning relate directly to practice
  • Gives you the opportunity to develop creative leadership skills.


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IN BRIEF. Social pedagogy offers new approaches to working with communities across the lifespan. Develop knowledge and skills to integrate learning, relationships and community participation. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Social pedagogy offers new approaches to working with communities across the lifespan
  • Develop knowledge and skills to integrate learning, relationships and community participation
  • Experiential learning, undertaking projects within the community
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

Social pedagogy is a strengths based approach that connects learning to care and solving social problems. Its philosophy originates from Northern Europe but is increasingly influential in the UK. This course equips you to contribute within community, social care, health and educational occupational settings across the life course. You will be able to model approaches to learning and apply principles and values; increasing the capacity of individuals and communities.

You will participate in the co-production of the teaching, which promotes self-directed, experiential and group based learning. You will explore the contribution of positive activities including art and games. This course will model approaches to learning, participation and relationship based work. At the core of social pedagogy is a commitment to ethics, values and the uniqueness of every individual. These dilemmas will be explored drawing on an understanding of self, relationships and reflection.

You will draw upon an integrated understanding of key themes and disciplines, including sociology, philosophy, social theories of learning and anthropology.

You will benefit from strong collaboration with related disciplines within the University. You will also benefit from opportunities and pathways that have are being established with community partners. There are also possible placement opportunities being identified to complement and deepen learning.

COURSE DETAILS

The course requires the completion of five modules and attendance in all three semesters between September 2017 and the beginning of September 2018.

Semester 1

Philosophy and Theory of Social Pedagogy 

Approaches and Practices within Social Pedagogy

Semester 2

Engagement and Experiential Learning

Research Methods for Social Pedagogy

Semester 3

Research Dissertation

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course provides integrated content with an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus. You will be required to integrate learning from vocational and professional settings. There is also the opportunity for you to experience placement settings and study visits to organizations within the UK and Europe who we have created links with.

TEACHING

As far as possible learning approaches and content will be co-produced with students.

These may include:

  • Lectures and presentations
  • Workshops within community settings
  • Seminars
  • Group work
  • Experiential learning
  • Independent and self-directed study
  • Activities/games
  • Tutorials
  • Supervision in respect of experiential learning and research dissertation

ASSESSMENT

  • Written assignments
  • Plan and delivery of workshop
  • Research proposal
  • Evaluation of experiential learning
  • Production of consultation
  • Presentation

CAREER PROSPECTS

Social Pedagogy is increasing its profile and application within the UK. In the past ten years it has been increasingly applied within residential settings and foster care provision for looked after children. It has also been applied within adult social care settings such as the Camphill learning disability communities in Scotland. Its emphasis on participation, collaboration and co-production means that it is well placed to inform approaches that seek to build, social capital and capabilities of individuals. The above means that it offers applicable skills for those working within, care, and community development, early years, young people’s provision, educational and heath settings. The course will equip those involved in the strategic and policy roles, manager and professionals working within these disciplines.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

We have established partnerships with four local housing trusts. These are all involved in developing participation and community projects across the lifespan. We also have links with Salford Children’s Trust. Discussions have also taken place with services for looked after children and care leavers in the region. These will provide possibilities for students to engage with communities as part of experiential learning and to undertake work experience placements where they contribute to social pedagogically informed practice.

FURTHER STUDY

On completion of this degree, students would be able to apply to do a PhD in Social Policy, or a related subject area at the University of Salford, or another university within the UK or abroad.



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Using theories and concepts of social pedagogy this module aims to introduce relationship based approaches to participatory practice; as a way of working with people. Read more
Using theories and concepts of social pedagogy this module aims to introduce relationship based approaches to participatory practice; as a way of working with people.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

COURSE OUTLINE

The module adopts an experiential learning approach which gives students the opportunity to participate in shared reflective activities through a variety of methods such as group problem-solving tasks.

Using theories and concepts of social pedagogy this module aims to introduce relationship based approaches to participatory practice; as a way of working with people. Students will be supported to consider how a focus on the social relations between and among staff and service users; and how the use of dialogue and critical reflection can help us understand events and interactions in practice. The module will also enable students to explore the value of practical and creative approaches to engage with service users.

The module covers topics including:
-Relationships
-Social learning
-Social justice
-Practical and creative approaches
-Developing risk competence
-Reflection
-The history of social pedagogy

LEARNING OUTCOME & AIMS

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
-Critically appraise concepts of social pedagogy and how they are relevant to social care and social work
-Consider critically the benefits of adopting a social pedagogical approach to working with people
-Demonstrate an ability to apply social pedagogy’s core values and skills in their work
-Critically explain how the theoretical approaches taught can be applied to the understanding of individuals
-Critically consider how ideas about, and understanding of social pedagogy can be used to inform practice with different service user groups.

INDUSTRY LINKS & PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

WORK EXPERIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

GRADUATE CAREERS

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.

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Our MA Social Work course will help you become a highly effective social worker through a combination of teaching and practice placements. Read more

Our MA Social Work course will help you become a highly effective social worker through a combination of teaching and practice placements.

Our course meets the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for social work practice in England, the Knowledge and Skills Statements for children, adult and mental health social workers, and the regulatory requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the HCPC upon completion of the course.

You will benefit from particularly high quality placements and greater input from practising social workers through our membership of the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy, a government-sponsored Teaching Partnership that ensures close links between local employers and universities across Greater Manchester.

Both placements and taught elements will help you learn how to work with a variety of user groups in a range of settings.

Aims

The course aims to:

  • qualify you as a registered social worker;
  • prepare you to work safely and effectively with service users and carers;
  • produce social work practitioners who are intellectually inquisitive and motivated to pursue further learning and research and professional development throughout their career.

Special features

Outstanding curriculum

Benefit from a range of innovative teaching and learning  methods that integrate theory and practice, actively involving service users, carers and current social work practitioners.

We encourage students to take an active involvement in shaping the course.

170 days of placements

You will have two high quality statutoryplacements  within a local authority, voluntary or private agency, which will enable you to develop into a confident, resilient and reflective social work practitioner.

Greater employment opportunities

We are a member of the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy teaching partnership and have strong links with social work employers across the region.

Student support

You will receive outstanding study, placement and personal support from staff and fellow students.

Addressing the philosophy of Athena SWAN , we look to minimise early starts and late finishes, and ensure Christmas, New Year and Easter are included in your annual leave entitlement.

Research specialisms

You will have access to teaching staff who actively undertake research in health and social care at a university rated number one in the UK under the Research Excellence Framework (Unit of Assessment 3) in this area.

Our staff's specialist research interests include deaf people and children (SORD), adoption and looked after children, safeguarding practice, law for social workers, mental health, LGBT, learning for professional practice and researching social work pedagogy.

Teaching and learning

You will learn from experts in social work through interactive teaching sessions incorporating lectures and workshops at the University. See the teaching and learning page for more information.

You will develop practical skills and experience through placements. See the placements page for more information.

Coursework and assessment

We use a range of assessment methods to accommodate different learning styles and learning outcomes.

These include using simulated visits and assessments, essays, case studies and group presentations. We may use other formats.

You will be assessed for your readiness for direct practice (ARDP) prior to commencing your first practice placement, and will be assessed at the end of your first and final practice placements.

Course unit details

Year 1

Learning in the first year provides a solid foundation where students are introduced to key knowledge and skills and prepared for professional practice.

You will learn about what social work is and develop necessary practice skills. You will explore the context social work operates in, including the legal framework and professional safeguarding responsibilities.

You will take:

  • Introduction to Social Work;
  • Social, Political and Organisational Context for Social Work;
  • Law for Social Work Practice;
  • Understanding Life Course Trajectories for Social Work Practice;
  • 20 days of professional skills development;
  • a 70-day placement.

See a typical first year timetable and find out what a day on placement is like by reading Year 1 student Emily's diary .

Year 2

Learning in the second year provides an in-depth understanding of the processes that govern and inform social work processes and interventions with a range of service user groups.

The Foundations of Research course will prepare you for completing a dissertation for your MA award.

Your dissertation provides an opportunity for you to undertake in depth study on a social work-related topic or aspect of practice. 

You will take:

  • Safeguarding Children, Adults and Their Families;
  • Young People and Vulnerable Adults;
  • Foundations of Research;
  • Social Work Interventions with Adults, Families, Children and Young People;
  • 10 days of professional skills development;
  • a 100-day placement;
  • a dissertation.


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Modules can be taken on weekday evenings so that part-time students can fit this Master’s degree around existing commitments (some modules may also run during the day or on weekends). Read more
  • Modules can be taken on weekday evenings so that part-time students can fit this Master’s degree around existing commitments (some modules may also run during the day or on weekends)
  • Tailor the programme to your own needs and interests by choosing from a range of optional modules, including in the areas of early childhood studies; SEN, disability and inclusion; leadership and management in education
  • Reach an informed theoretical position in relation to equality, diversity and social justice in education
  • Learn the theoretical and practical complexities involved in education policy-making
  • Use our new library with its exceptional study facilities including the Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies

Summary

The MA Education Studies programme is designed for education professionals who would like to further their knowledge and understanding of children and young people in society. You will be able to select from a wide range of modules in areas including special education needs, disability and inclusion and leadership and management in education, allowing you to shape the programme to your interests and career aspirations.

Schooling can be viewed as just one context within which education may take place; there are many other contexts in which educational approaches are used to work with children and young people. Some of these contexts include advisory work, early childhood practice, educational administration and policy, learning support and the third sector to enhance educational provision for children, families and communities. This MA will explore education across these different areas.

The programme will draw on the wider professional experiences that students may have of working in contexts where educational approaches are important. These may include experiences such as employment in youth work, sports’ coaching with young people, working for charities with children and young people to provide learning opportunities in this country or internationally.

This MA will cover critical social and educational theories and perspectives, as well as policy and practice relevant to global and local educational contexts. It will support you to achieve a critical awareness and understanding of education in its broadest sense as a process of human learning and development in and for human society.

You will benefit greatly from engaging with the insights, experiences and perspectives of your peers who may come from a diverse range of contexts, backgrounds and experiences. These insights combined with your own experiences and the theory gained from the modules will allow you to deepen your understanding of working with children and young people and of education in its broadest sense.

All lecturers leading modules on this programme have specialist qualifications, teaching or leadership experience in the field of education, with relevant research and scholarship backgrounds, which will help to shape the content of the programme.

Those with less practical experience will need to have studied a degree programme such as BA Education, BA Children’s Studies, BA Youth Work, BA Early Childhood Studies, BA Social Pedagogy or BA Sports Coaching, all of which emphasise the practices of working with children and young people to enable their participation, development and learning.

Content

This MA allows you to engage with a range of topics, across different areas of education, with a particular focus on the critical theories of global policy and of the social relations of difference and power in educational contexts.

You will be introduced to the key concepts of race, ethnicity, class and gender in the Power in Education and Society module. You will be moved beyond theoretical knowledge to reach an informed position in relation to equality, diversity and social justice in education. Awareness will be raised of past and current international discourses in education, critically examining how they impact on children, young people, families and communities.

You will also analyse current debates on education policy and will learn to identify new policy sites and policy actors in the education arena, in the Key Concepts and Current Debates in Global Education Policy module.

The compulsory final dissertation module will give you the opportunity to select a topic of your choice and undertake a critical enquiry of the subject. You must also take a (required) research module, called Undertaking Social and Educational Research, which is designed to teach you about social and educational research and to prepare you for the dissertation.

You can select a further three modules from a range of options, including those from related MA programmes in Early Childhood Studies, SEN Disability & Inclusive Education and Education Leadership and Management. This gives you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding in an area of education that interests you, or is relevant to your chosen career. A maximum of 2 from any of these programmes can be taken and decisions about which of these are appropriate for each student are made by the Programme Convenor in consultation with students.

Modules

Compulsory module

Required modules

Optional modules

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.



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Why this course?

Developed within the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), this programme has a fresh, engaging curriculum that covers globalised childhoods, international policy contexts, the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), bringing up children and research methods.

The programme is aimed at students with an interest in developing positive strategies for affirming and developing the professional identity of child and youth care practice. It draws from a variety of disciplines and approaches including child and youth care, social pedagogy, sociology, psychology, health, education, social work and social policy.

You'll develop theoretically informed, practice-based understanding of issues related to the social, political and cultural contexts of children and youth.

The programme considers and examines theoretical and policy contexts, child development in the lifespace, management and leadership, intervention methods, critical reflection, relational practice and research methods.

The role of the state, non-governmental agencies and private organisations in the provision of child welfare services will be examined along with the internationalisation of child welfare policy through developments such as UNCRC.

A range of approaches and traditions of child care practice will be considered, including child and youth care, social pedagogy, residential child care and social work.

You'll study

The course is made up of different modules and you’re expected to complete the six taught modules over a 16-month period. A further eight months is allowed for completion of a practice-based dissertation.

Core modules include Globalised Childhoods: Theoretical and Policy Contexts; Child Development in the Lifespace; Management and Leadership; Critical Reflection and Relational Practice; Interventions; and Research Methods.

Learning & teaching

The programme is delivered entirely online with no attendance required.

Modules involve a range of individual and group tasks in addition to live online sessions where the student group will participate in online seminars.

You’ll require:

  • access to a reliable computer with sufficient processing capability
  • an excellent broadband connection
  • the ability to run applications such as Adobe Connect, Adobe Reader, Flash Player, Java and Windows Media Player


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This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding. Read more

This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

Overview

Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. 

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level. 

Social Policy pathway

Research training on the Social Policy pathway builds on our strong interdisciplinary social science research base. You will have the opportunity to engage with nationally and internationally recognised social policy research and work with academic colleagues with extensive experience of undertaking research with policy-makers, practitioners and stakeholders in a wide variety of settings.

You will be encouraged to attend and participate in the activities of our School's research groups. These groups hold regular meetings, providing you with the opportunity to engage with ongoing and recent research, and to participate in a community of researchers with shared interests.

Distinctive features

In addition to the taught elements of the MSc, you will be encouraged to attend and participate in the activities of the School of Social Sciences' research groups. Our research groups hold regular meetings, providing you with the opportunity to engage with ongoing and recent research, and to participate in a community of researchers with shared interests.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Your programme will be made up of scheduled learning activities (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions) and guided independent study.

You will be expected to actively engage in all the educational activities on your programme of study, to prepare for and attend all scheduled teaching activities, and continue your development as an independent and self-directed learner.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor.

All modules within the programme make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.

Career prospects

This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.

It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.



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This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding. Read more

This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

Overview

Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. 

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level. 

Distinctive features

You will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Your programme will be made up of scheduled learning activities (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions) and guided independent study.

You will be expected to actively engage in all the educational activities on your programme of study, to prepare for and attend all scheduled teaching activities, and continue your development as an independent and self-directed learner.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor.

All modules within the programme make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.

Career prospects

This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.

It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.



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We offer a pathway in Socio-Legal Studies on this programme. Cardiff Law School is a leading centre for research in Law and this pathway builds on our strong and long-standing strength in socio-legal scholarship. Read more

We offer a pathway in Socio-Legal Studies on this programme. Cardiff Law School is a leading centre for research in Law and this pathway builds on our strong and long-standing strength in socio-legal scholarship.

Overview

Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences.

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level. 

Socio-legal studies pathway

The School of Law and Politics has a well established reputation for outstanding research across the range of legal studies which makes a vital contribution to scholarship and the development of the law. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised the School as a leading legal research institution, with most activity classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

This pathway builds on our long established reputation for scholarship in the area of socio-legal studies is focused on the newly established Centre for Law and Society and the Journal of Law and Society which the School founded and has hosted for almost 40 years. It is enriched by extensive collaboration with the Department of Politics and International Relations, as well as other Schools in the University and beyond. 

Distinctive features

You will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Your programme will be made up of scheduled learning activities (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions) and guided independent study.

You will be expected to actively engage in all the educational activities on your programme of study, to prepare for and attend all scheduled teaching activities, and continue your development as an independent and self-directed learner.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor.

All modules within the programme make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.

Career prospects

This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.

It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.



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We offer a pathway in Socio-Legal Studies on this programme. Cardiff Law School is a leading centre for research in Law and this pathway builds on our strong and long-standing strength in socio-legal scholarship. Read more

We offer a pathway in Socio-Legal Studies on this programme. Cardiff Law School is a leading centre for research in Law and this pathway builds on our strong and long-standing strength in socio-legal scholarship.

Overview

Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences.

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level. 

Socio-legal studies pathway

The School of Law and Politics has a well established reputation for outstanding research across the range of legal studies which makes a vital contribution to scholarship and the development of the law. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised the School as a leading legal research institution, with most activity classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

This pathway builds on our long established reputation for scholarship in the area of socio-legal studies is focused on the newly established Centre for Law and Society and the Journal of Law and Society which the School founded and has hosted for almost 40 years. It is enriched by extensive collaboration with the Department of Politics and International Relations, as well as other Schools in the University and beyond. 

Distinctive features

You will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Your programme will be made up of scheduled learning activities (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions) and guided independent study.

You will be expected to actively engage in all the educational activities on your programme of study, to prepare for and attend all scheduled teaching activities, and continue your development as an independent and self-directed learner.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor.

All modules within the programme make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.

Career prospects

This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.

It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.



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This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding. Read more

This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

Overview

Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. 

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level. 

International Relations pathway

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (International Relations) aims to provide advanced training in research methods. This programme will offer you an opportunity to develop analytical skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and a practical understanding of research in International Relations.

This programme will provide you with:

  • A thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies.
  • Information on the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist.
  • The principal methods of analysing social scientific data.

You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

In order to have meaningful contact with research being conducted by staff in the School, you will be linked to a research group. The Politics and International Relations pathways are closely associated with the operation of the School’s research units and centres. The International Relations pathway is closely associated with the research activities of the International Studies Research Unit (ISRU) which encompasses a wide range of areas. 

Distinctive features

You will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Your programme will be made up of scheduled learning activities (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions) and guided independent study.

You will be expected to actively engage in all the educational activities on your programme of study, to prepare for and attend all scheduled teaching activities, and continue your development as an independent and self-directed learner.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor.

All modules within the programme make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.

Career prospects

This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.

It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.



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The Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA will introduce students to a range of contemporary social theories about childhood and children's rights, critically explore social constructions of childhood, and consider the implications these have for professional practice and research with children and young people. Read more

The Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA will introduce students to a range of contemporary social theories about childhood and children's rights, critically explore social constructions of childhood, and consider the implications these have for professional practice and research with children and young people.

About this degree

This programme provides students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of sociological theories and concepts of childhood and children’s rights, including a recognition of the varied childhoods experienced by children in richer and poorer contexts and how these are shifting in a globalising world. It also helps students develop their critical analytical skills and improve their theoretical understanding and professional practice when working with, and for, children.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Theories of Childhood and Society
  • Children's Rights in Practice
  • Social Theory and the Study of Contemporary Social Problems

Optional modules

Researching Childhood is the recommended optional module to help prepare for the MA SCCR dissertation.

  • Researching Childhood
  • Understanding Research

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning

Theories of Childhood & Society and Researching Childhood run in the evenings. Children's rights in Practice runs over a one-week intensive block. Social Theory and the Study of Contemporary Social Problems runs in the afternoon or online.

Face-to-face teaching includes lectures, discussions and debates, as well as providing students the opportunity to discuss readings, case studies, images, and films. An online environment is provided for readings and activities between teaching sessions. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own personal, academic and/or professional experiences during sessions.

Each core module is assessed by a 5,000-word written assignment. In addition there are tutorials for essay preparation and seminars to support dissertation research.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as international NGO staff, children's charity workers, child advocacy workers and policy advisors. Graduates are also working as teachers and early years practitioners, while others have jobs as university and college lecturers and researchers.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Charlton Athletic Community Trust
  • Project Worker, Barnado's
  • Research Advocacy Officer, Approach Ltd

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MA explores cutting-edge research and theorising about young people's experiences and their social status in varied global contexts. It is unique in its sociological attention to childhood, children's rights, and children and young people's participation in society.

Students are introduced to internationally-renowned academic experts and international children's organisations and have the opportunity to explore their own areas of interest or professional practice.

The MA is based in UCL Social Science which houses three prestigious, research intensive units. Together they provide a foundation for world-leading work in childhood studies, social work, social pedagogy, families and health-related studies with a strong professional dimension.



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This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding. Read more

This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

Overview

Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. 

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level. 

International Relations pathway

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (International Relations) aims to provide advanced training in research methods. This programme will offer you an opportunity to develop analytical skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and a practical understanding of research in International Relations.

This programme will provide you with:

  • A thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies.
  • Information on the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist.
  • The principal methods of analysing social scientific data.

You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

In order to have meaningful contact with research being conducted by staff in the School, you will be linked to a research group. The Politics and International Relations pathways are closely associated with the operation of the School’s research units and centres. The International Relations pathway is closely associated with the research activities of the International Studies Research Unit (ISRU) which encompasses a wide range of areas. 

Distinctive features

You will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Your programme will be made up of scheduled learning activities (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions) and guided independent study.

You will be expected to actively engage in all the educational activities on your programme of study, to prepare for and attend all scheduled teaching activities, and continue your development as an independent and self-directed learner.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor.

All modules within the programme make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.

Career prospects

This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.

It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.



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All modules can be taken on weekday evenings (and occasional weekends), so that Part-Time students can fit this Master’s Degree around existing professional commitments. Read more
  • All modules can be taken on weekday evenings (and occasional weekends), so that Part-Time students can fit this Master’s Degree around existing professional commitments
  • Choose from a range of specialist modules in the area of Inclusion, SEN and Disability
  • Tailor the programme to your own needs and interests (one module from another MA programme in Early Childhood or Leadership and Management can be taken as part of this programme)
  • The programme allows you to specialise in particular areas to reflect your interests or professional role

Summary

The SEN, Disability and Inclusive Education programme enables students to investigate the education of children and young people with learning difficulties, disability, disadvantage or other additional needs. Our programme is founded upon a democratic commitment to forms of education which challenge exclusion and enable the participation, learning, development and empowerment of all.

Students studying on the programme will engage with aspects of theory, policy and practice relevant to international and local contexts. With its international profile, this programme brings together those who have significant professional experience working with children and young people with learning difficulties, disabilities, disadvantages or other additional needs, either directly in teaching, support or project work, or as policy-makers, advisory workers or managers.

The MA SEN, Disability and Inclusive Education draws on different disciplinary traditions and approaches to theory and practice within the field of Inclusion, SEN and Disability, but is underpinned by rights-based, justice-based and equalities-based principles and a rejection of deficit-based approaches to difference (including the medical model of disability). The specialist modules within the programme include some which have particular emphasis and grounding in social or critical or psychological perspectives as well as other modules which are more generic in their foundation. The compulsory final independent enquiry module – a 60 credit Dissertation - allows the opportunity for a range of research styles and approaches for critically enquiring into an identified question or issue or for developing practice through critical enquiry.

Students greatly benefit from engaging with the insights, experiences and perspectives of other programme members, from a diverse range of contexts and backgrounds. The combination of their own experiences, insights gained from others on the programme and the theoretical resources offered by learning within the modules, enables students to deepen their understanding of, and to be able to challenge exclusion in education and the barriers that hinder participation, learning, development and empowerment of children and young people with learning difficulties, disability, disadvantage or other additional needs.

The teaching provided on modules is informed by active research and scholarship in the field of Inclusion, SEN and Disability theory and practice. All lecturers leading modules on the programme have high level specialist qualifications, teaching and leadership experience in the field of Education and Inclusion.

This programme can be taken full-time over one year (for those who are not working or working very little) or can be taken part-time over 2 – 4 years.

Content

The programme rests on a critical approach to education in general, with an emphasis on inclusion, enablement, human rights and social justice in the education of those with learning difficulties, disabilities and disadvantage.

The specialist modules within the programme include some which have particular grounding in social or critical perspectives, whilst other modules are more generic in their approach. The compulsory final independent enquiry module – a 60 credit Dissertation - allows the opportunity for a range of styles and approaches for critically enquiring into an identified question or issue within Inclusion and SEND or for developing practice through a critical practitioner enquiry. 

All students complete a common module which takes a broad view of key perspectives and issues in Inclusion, SEN and Disability. Optional modules are available to students, some of which focus specifically on the education of pupils with particular learning difficulties or disability, and some of which focus on issues such as pedagogy, social and emotional development and behaviour.

Students may also have the opportunity, instead of taking a taught optional module, to take a (non-taught) Independent Study module to learn about a specific issue relevant to their interests or needs, which is not taught about in the programme. Most modules carry a 20 credit value apart from the Dissertation, so the full programme comprises six 20 credit modules plus the Dissertation.

It is possible for students to withdraw from the programme with an award short of the full MA (180 credits) if they wish. The Postgraduate Diploma is achieved with 120 credits and the Postgraduate Certificate is achieved with 60 credits.

Modules

Required modules (must be taken)

Compulsory module (must be passed)

Optional modules

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Career options

The Programme supports and enables those with significant professional experience to:

  • Develop their careers in education practice and leadership: teaching, advisory work, SEND coordination, inclusion management, support work
  • Move into a career in policy-making, implementation and development of Inclusion, developing the Inclusion and SEND workforce
  • Undertake a Doctorate and move into a career in research


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This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding. Read more

This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

Overview

Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. 

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level. 

Education pathway

Research training in Education builds on the internationally recognised research carried out by our academic staff. You will benefit from this specialist expertise in education research, as well as from our interdisciplinary profile and the wider Cardiff University Research and Graduate School (RGS) in the Social Sciences, which acts as a focal point for students from social science departments throughout the University.

You will be encouraged to attend and participate in the activities of our many research groups. Education students are formally located into at least one of the following research groups:

  • Education Research Group
  • Labour Research Group
  • Childhood
  • Ethnography, Culture and Interpretive Analysis
  • Sexualities and Gender
  • Work, Employability and Labour Markets
  • Culture, Imagination & Practice

These groups hold regular programmes of meetings which provide opportunities for researchers to share ideas and discuss issues in the policy and practice of education-related research.

Distinctive features

You will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Your programme will be made up of scheduled learning activities (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions) and guided independent study.

You will be expected to actively engage in all the educational activities on your programme of study, to prepare for and attend all scheduled teaching activities, and continue your development as an independent and self-directed learner.

How will I be supported?

All modules within the programme make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment. You will be allocated a personal tutor.

Career prospects

This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.

It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.



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