PART I: Taught Modules
The Philosophy and Practice of Social Research (30 credits; compulsory)
This module gives students the skills to critically evaluate academic texts and research and also to plan their own research projects.
By focusing on the concepts in qualitative research and how they differ from concepts of quantitative research the student will be able to develop their own research projects and interrogate academic papers in the field of Equality and Diversity.
Through exploring the data collection methods within the social sciences students will be able to explore some of the practical, theoretical and ethical issues which surround research in this field of study.
The Social (Re)Production of Inequality (30 credits; optional)
An exploration of the main sociological perspectives and theories which impact upon equality and inclusion will allow students to develop a firm foundation for their dissertation and allows for a critical analysis of current policy and practice.
An understanding of how inequality is socially (re)produced throughout society will give students an awareness of the complexity and competing forces within this field of study. This module will make reference to how individual, societal and political attitudes and values influence equality and diversity in practice.
Ultimately an understanding of such concepts allows the student to consider the impact of power and control upon the delivery of a ‘fair society’.
Sustainable Communities (30 credits; optional)
It is essential that interventions developed within the framework of equality and inclusion are sustainable and fit for purpose. To this end this module is innovative and forward-looking as current thinking on reflective practice is at the forefront of ‘best practice’ within social contexts.
There will be an evaluation of the role of the reflective practitioner in relation to the development of effective inclusive practice within a variety of contexts. The roles, principles and purpose of management for inclusion will be outlined and consideration of what constitutes community and how to develop sustainable innovations will be considered.
Managing Professional Practice in Advocacy (30 credits; optional)
Consider how the professionalisation of advocacy services supports the voice of the service user in society through a complex examination of a range of scenarios.
Critically analyse the levels of service demand and provision whilst working in an advocacy context. Critically evaluate innovations in advocacy services which respond to the professionalization of advocates. Critically evaluate proposed management plans which aim to deliver services within an advocacy framework.
Dismantling Barriers to Equality: Gender, Ethnicity and Race, Youth and Age, Health and Disability and Vulnerable Groups (30 credits; optional)
Critically explore what constitutes equality, equity, social justice and liberation in society through exploration of a range of theoretical positions.
Critically evaluate how intersectionality allows for a deeper understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of disadvantage, exclusion and inequity and how this impacts upon Gender, Ethnicity and Race, Youth and Age, Health and Disability and Vulnerable Groups.
Through examining the complexity of the social, cultural and political landscape, review the barriers and challenges experienced by individuals and groups in society.
Critically reflect upon the potential opportunities to dismantle the barriers to equality and plan for positive change in the future.
Political: Influences on Inequality and Diversity (30 credits; optional)
This module critically explores the social and the political landscape and how this influences social policy in relation to inequality and diversity in society.
Students engage in in-depth study of the contexts which impact upon the development and implementation of social policy, social justice, equity, equality, diversity and inclusion within EU, UK and Wales.
Students will gain a critical understanding of how society might change to become more equal, inclusive and sustainable, as well as critically evaluate the role of practitioners in a multi-disciplinary field, in relation to the development of policy with the consideration of ethical issues.
PART II: Dissertation
Dissertation (60 credits; compulsory)
A 15,000-word extended research project, linked to the student’s interest and the programmes outcomes.
This will comprise either a literature review or a small piece of research. There will, usually, be one-to-one supervision either face-to-face, through Skype or by telephone or online.
Please note, modules alter a little from year to year, owing to staff changes, curriculum development and recommendations following validation.