The full MA is delivered in two parts, PG Dip and MA. Some modules form part of both MA Youth Work Community Learning and Development and others are taught separately. The course is offered as a part time taught programme over two years.
Professional Studies in Supervision – This module aims to develop your ability to critically explore and deconstruct a range of theories in relation to supervision practice; analyse the beliefs and practices reflective of the diverse social, cultural, religious and political dimensions of supervision practice and foster in students a continuing enthusiasm for, and a commitment to, lifelong learning and professional development.
The module also confers professional supervisor status, endorsed by CLD Scotland.
Psychology of Leadership and Management - This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding around the use, impact and purpose of psychology in management and leadership. The module will examine the relationship and difference between leadership and management from a psychological perspective.
This will provide the means for in-depth analysis of the foundations of management and leadership practice. This will facilitate exploration of the potential and actual role of psychology in supporting practice.
Operational Leadership and Management - The aims of the module are to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to become effective leaders and managers whose practice is informed by the ideas, theories and values explored in other areas of the programme. You will be expected to develop a critical understanding of principle-centred leadership, the learning organisation, leading and managing teams, developing staff, management and diversity and working with conflict.
This module will also provide support and guidance for students to conduct a piece of independent research within their organisational context and will build their skills as organisational ‘internal consultants’.
Strategic leadership and management - the aims of the module are to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to become effective managers. It will build on your current, and in some cases, post-qualification experiences to provide a springboard for enhanced strategic management and leadership practice and the ability to adapt to and influence a changing context.
You will develop a critical understanding of organisational development and culture, managing change, leadership and human resources, youth work management in context and financial management.
Continuing Professional Development - this independent unit of study aims to enhance your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Based around Kolb’s learning cycle you will use an experiential learning approach to locate your learning experience within the context of CPD.
Drawing on professional experiences in the field of youth work community learning and development and adjacent fields you will be expected to be able to name and evidence your continuing professional development.
Coaching and Mentoring - This module gives an overview of mentoring and coaching theories, which seek to explore how the two roles use shared and distinctive approaches. You will examine the potential for developing a mentor-coach interdisciplinary approach within the workplace setting.
This will provide you with the means for in-depth analysis of the foundations of coaching and mentoring practice, based on client or employee needs.
Dissertation - this module aims to expand your understanding of the theory, practices and principles of research and help prepare you for the work undertaken in the dissertation.