This degree allows you to explore the relationship between advocacy and activism in contemporary society. During your studies you will explore current issues by applying theories of power, conflict and cohesion to society and to the decisions of governments, local authorities and other institutions.
You will explore the different types of advocacy roles that exist in society, from the person advocating on their own behalf to those employed as professional, independent advocates. You will also explore the role that activism has played in the development of our society and the role that it continues to play in the world today. In doing so you will explore the complex relationship between advocacy and activism and many of the theoretical and political distinctions between these two types of activity.
You will engage with conceptual and theoretical frameworks, for example citizenship and human rights, needs and social justice, health and well-being, philosophies of welfare, political economy of welfare and welfare regimes, political and social theory, and anti-oppressive practice and explore how these relate to the concepts of activism and advocacy. You will further explore the ways in which roles of an advocate and an activist are viewed by society and will engage with the debate as to whether either are effective in the current social context.
As you develop your own research interests you will be able to explore the ways in which both advocacy and activism are used by different individuals and groups in order to seek redress and change in society. These could include crime and criminal justice, education, family and childhood, health and social care, housing and urban regeneration, income maintenance and social security, migration, poverty, inequality and social exclusion, work, employment, and labour markets.
Professional Practice in Advocacy (20 credits; compulsory)
Relationships, Communication and Families in Contemporary Society (20 credits; compulsory)
Skills for Life: Employability and Future Pathways (20 credits; compulsory).
There are no exams on this course as you will complete arrange of written assessments, presentations and other forms of assessment including blogs and portfolios of evidence.
Graduate Attributes Framework
This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.
The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.
These courses allow students to utilise postgraduate funding through the UK Government’s Student Loan Company.
DBS: All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks which they may need to produce essays, assignments and dissertations in fulfilment of the academic requirements of each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
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Cert HE Advocacy A one-year programme which is designed to provide a foundation year for those students who may wish to move onto either the BA Advocacy or the BA Sociology degree; or as a standalone exit award/qualification. This programme is underpinned by modules that explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies.
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