Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE From Practice to Praxis: Reflexivity and Advanced Skills for Professional Practice in Community Settings

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION In the course of this study-unit knowledge, practice and discourse take central stage as inseparable parts of the same whole: professional practice in community settings and their local, glocal, EU and globalised dimensions.

The discussion fosters engagement with the following:

- Core, hegemonic and marginal discourses on community practice.
- Epistemic cultures of community practice.
- Ethics of professional community practice.
- Negotiating authority and professional discretion.
- Practice with vision: legacies and eliciting of future practice.
- Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches in professional community practice.
- Local, glocal, EU and globalized dimensions of professional practice in community settings.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit engages students with active discernment of core, hegemonic and marginal components of professional community practice. It allows them to question the ethics of engagement with authority in the contexts of community practice so as to practice with vision in community settings. The study-unit also targets a synthesis of the local, glocal, EU and globalized dimensions of professional practice in community settings.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Infer discourses on community practice in terms of core, hegemonic and marginal components.
- Discuss ethical considerations relevant to community practice.
- Identify short-term and long-term outcomes of specific community practice traditions and legacies.
- Discuss given community settings / case studies in relation to the local, glocal, EU and globalized dimensions of professional practice.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Analyze core, hegemonic and marginal discourse in specified case studies of community practice.
- Ethically solve situated questions related to negotiation of authorities in community settings.
- Appraise case studies of community practice in terms of vision, legacy, local, glocal, EU and globalized dimensions.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

Higgs, J. & Trede, F. (Eds.). (2016). Professional Practice and Discourse Marginalia. The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Craig, G., Mayo, M., Popple, K., Shaw, M. And Taylor, M. (Eds.). (2011). The Community Development Reader: History, themes and issues. Bristol: The Policy Press.

Supplementary Readings:

Ledwith, M. (2005). Community Development: a critical approach. Bristol: BASW/Policy Press.

Mayo, M. (1994). Communities and Caring: The Mixed Economy of Welfare. New York: St. Martin's Press Inc.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Andrew Azzopardi

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