Aims/Description: Existing models of social change have tended to focus on the generation of interventions following a very narrow view of human behaviour. In this module students will explore these approaches and develop a critical awareness of alternative theories and techniques to manage social change. Students will subsequently engage in problem based learning focusing on defining the social and material relationships that shape particular situations and then analyse these in order to highlight how social change programmes might be designed to tackle specific problems. As part of the programme students will be given training in all of the skills necessary to conduct their own analysis of a particular real world problem including using qualitative research techniques, interview methods, ethnography and qualitative data analysis. These skills will subsequently be used to highlight social problems and subsequently problem solve and plan their own interventions. This will result in applications to conduct their own research through University Ethics. Finally, students will participate in field work designing a programme and writing a report planning the programme and its evaluation.

Staff Contact: GIBSON BARRY J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Problem solving, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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