This award develops a pathway specific for practitioners working in the area of community justice and provides an opportunity for them to work towards a specified qualification at postgraduate level. The course will be of interest to professionals within the community justice sector, including Probation Officers, Youth Justice Workers, Workers in Drug and Alcohol Agencies, Crime Prevention Officers, Victims of Crime Support Workers, members of police and prison services and other related fields. The course will enhance the opportunity for practitioners to develop and research specialist areas and to equip themselves for management or strategic management roles.
Each module encourages candidates to consider existing best practice; developing new skills and advanced knowledge in the area of community justice. The course will develop research skills and research-mindedness; it will evaluate the contribution of research to inform practice and enhance service delivery.
The University has been endorsed by the College of Social Work as a provider of CPD training.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT
Keynote lectures, seminars, tutorials, material for self-directed learning, e-learning, workshops will form part of university based learning provision.
Students will be required to link formal learning to their practice and will be encouraged to build on existing skills/develop new skills to consolidate their learning across the academic and practice fields.
Skills, values and knowledge will be developed through group discussions, group tutorials, presentations and practice learning opportunities.
The overarching teaching and learning strategy will enable students to develop cognitive skills which are appropriate to independent learning and postgraduate study.
A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.
The course will: -Enable students to critically reflect on and review their professional development to facilitate enhanced performance and service delivery in the area of community justice -Provide learning opportunities for students to critically reflect on complex challenges, current issues and evidence-based practice in the area of community justice -Develop and enhance students’ capacity for critically evaluating advanced theoretical knowledge, law and policy in relation to community justice -Provide learning opportunities for students to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex situations in community justice -Develop the student’s understanding of methods of assessment and intervention within the context of community justice -Enable students to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level