This programme is intended to develop understanding and skills pertaining to the issue of peacebuilding and reconciliation. It will include courses that focus on global issues surrounding religion and violence as well as study of community conflict in the Scottish context.
• MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• Contact: Dr Heather Walton: [email protected]
• This is a new programme in an area that is becoming increasingly significant within many spheres of professional and voluntary engagement
• It is possible to take the whole programme through twilight teaching and occasional one day events.
• You will be taught by people who have research specialisms in this field and are personally involved in values-based practice.
• You will have the opportunity to focus upon issues that matter to you and are relevant to your own practice.
The full-time version of this programme involves taught sessions over two ten-week teaching periods, plus a period of research and writing over the summer. In each teaching period you will study a core course in values-based practice and an optional course. A credit bearing training course runs throughout both training periods. During the final phase of the programme you will undertake supervised study of a specialised topic of your choice, researching and writing a 15,000 word dissertation.
You can choose optional courses from within those designated for the programme and, with the convenor’s permission, other appropriate masters levels courses offered within the University. The school’s graduate training course will prepare you to work on your dissertation and to prepare a proposal and funding application for PhD work, should you choose to pursue doctoral research.
The programme is made up of four components.
• Core courses: taught over two ten-week teaching periods, from October to December and January to March.
• Optional courses: also taught in ten-week blocks. Full-time students usually study one topic course in each semester.
• Training course: taught on occasional study days throughout the year
• A dissertation: written during the final phase of the course, from April to September.
Part-time students take both core courses and the graduate training course in the first year and take two option courses and write a dissertation in the second year.
This programme aims to promote critical reflection, at an advanced level, upon values-based practice for those engaged in peacebuilding practices within communities and institutions. It is the first course of its kind in the UK to provide training in this increasingly important field method of evaluating practice within peacebuilding. The programme will introduce and employ the methodological approaches of reflective practice. It will enable the development of core skills in values-based analysis and evaluative strategies which are relevant to the voluntary and public sector. Ethical frameworks for values-based practice will be studied and opportunity will be offered to focus upon emerging issues in a relevant field of personal engagement. Teaching will draw upon the wide range of research interests and expertise of both University staff and external specialists.
Core and optional courses
• Use of Self in Values-based Practice: Students will work in a reflective group to analyze case-studies in Values-based Practice that come from their personal fields of engagement. Critical reflection on these examples will develop skills of self awareness and self evaluation. Through use of a variety of reflective techniques students will develop the resources necessary to enable others in reflective practice. Formative Assessment: Learning Journal. Summative Assessment will be in the form of critical reflection upon two worked examples of values-based practice.
• Writing and Reflecting upon Practice: Students will be introduced to a variety of writing techniques that are used to develop reflexivity in practice including journaling, autoethnography and life writing. They will present their reflective writing within a writing workshop. Summative Assessment will be through submission of reflective writing together with a critical commentary upon this.
• Issues in Ethics and Practice: Students will consider various models of ethics and practice and critically interrogate their use and potential when considering current issues in health and social care. Assessment will be by an essay on this topic
• Theory and Practice of Peacebuilding: This course will examine the theoretical understandings of peacebuilding in local communities and across the globe. It will incorporate practical elements of conflict resolution and peacebuilding appropriate for practitioners wishing to better their skills in this area.
• Religion and Violence: Drawing from a large comparative map of religious traditions and histories of violence, this course starts with the way that ‘religion’ and ‘violence’ as topics are so often intertwined in discussions of global political life. What are the histories, media logics, and cultural implications of this pairing and its refusal?
• Guided Study: In consultation with the Programme Convenor students are permitted to select a particular topic and work on this with the support of a supervisor.
• Self-selected Option: One option, as agreed with Programme Convenor, can be taken from the wide range of taught postgraduate courses offered by the University which cover topics relevant to this programme.
Students will complete a 15,000 words dissertation on a topic related to Values-based practice in Peacebuilding.