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Social Pedagogy Leadership MA

Social Pedagogy Leadership MA

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Preston

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years. The course is block taught in three, four day blocks. Each four day block of teaching will run in each semester. Optional modules in semester 2 will run each week in line with the CPD timetable.

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MA

Why study this programme?

This is the first course of its kind here in the UK and is building on growing interest in social pedagogy.  The course links to the successful BA Hons in Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation which is run here at UCLan and has excellent student feedback.

It has been co-produced and will be co-taught by ThemPra, the leading organisation supporting development of social pedagogical practice in the UK.  It meets the professional standards of practice as set out by the Social Pedagogue Professional Association.

Links with European partner organisations that use social pedagogy in practice as well as universities that run social pedagogy programmes of study.

The course is taught using experiential teaching techniques and is taught in a fun and creative way.  All activities are transferrable into practice and students are encouraged to develop creative practice in their direct work.

Our course offers a social pedagogical perspective to leadership, enabling managers and senior practitioners in leadership roles to apply its principles, theories and philosophy to assist people to develop a culture of care and support within organisations and communities. Social pedagogical leadership also enables professionals to influence decisions and develop, support and sustain positive change using inclusive and empowering practice in working with disadvantaged groups.

Entry Requirements

  • A relevant degree qualification.
  • Applicants will normally be practitioners in an area of youth work, social justice, social work, early years, community work, social care or in a leadership position.
  • Non-standard applicants with significant relevant experience will be considered via interview and may be required to undertake a piece of written work as part of the application process.
  • Students where English is not the first language need to demonstrate their ability in the English language through obtaining an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Compulsory Modules

  • Social Pedagogical Leadership
  • Themes and Perspectives in Social Research
  • Effective Communication, Relationships and Leadership Skills
  • Legal and Ethical Literacy to Lead and Support Positive Change in Practice
  • Critical Reflection in Leadership
  • Dissertation or Innovation Project

Optional Modules (one to be chosen)

  • International Child Welfare: Analysing and Reforming Systems.
  • Responding to Contemporary Issues in Social Work and Social Care
  • Safeguarding and Adult Protection
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Violence Against Women: Practice and Prevention Across Different Communities

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 7 March 2018

Further Information

Due to current government agenda and policy there is continued change within the social care/work arena aimed at transforming the workforce both in children and adult services.  The ability of managers to support change and development has been highlighted as an important part of their role, as well as having the skills to support staff through change process.  Supporting staff to work within limited resources whilst also providing high standards of care is also another key feature within the sector, and social pedagogy has been identified as helping support staff to reach this aim.

Social pedagogical leadership will also provide meaningful insight and the skills and knowledge needed for you to design self-managing structures with flat hierarchies, to galvanise your employees’ motivation and commitment to a deeper purpose and recognise them as human beings rather than a brain or pair of hands.


OPPORTUNITIES

We are hoping to attract international students on to this programme, the benefit of this will be the opportunity for collaborative learning as well as discussions on social pedagogical practice in different countries.

Some of the course team are also involved in a European project focused on social pedagogy across Europe.  Again these links will be used within the course with opportunities to enhance learning and will include guest speakers, on-line video session and field/study trips.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend the Social Pedagogy Development network that is run by ThemPra once a year.  As well as the annual SPPA conference and webinars hosted by them.

Graduates will be able to apply for management positions within a wide range of social work/care, education and health settings.

There are also potential routes into research and PhD and Professional Doctorial studies.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COURSE

  • Creative and experiential teaching
  • This is not taught like a standard university course
  • It is fun
  • Theory and learning relate directly to practice
  • Gives you the opportunity to develop creative leadership skills.

Links to the Social Pedagogy Across Europe: MOOC Project

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £6,500 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,250 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) which is the UK’s only membership organization and the professional home and centre of excellence for social pedagogy, its theory and practice.  SPPA holds the Standards for Occupational Proficiency in Social Pedagogy and the Standards of Education and Training in Social Pedagogy. They It also facilitates communities of practice which are spaces where people can learn from each other, supporting the development of Social Pedagogy in the UK.  We are working alongside our partners in SPPA and ThemPra to ensure our course development reflects best practice in this emerging field and the MA course meets the Standards of Education and Training in Social Pedagogy.

The majority of lectures are members of the SPPA.

Learning Environment and Assessment

This programme adopts an innovative approach in its teaching and learning methods. It is based on the premise that significant learning is acquired by doing, and that learning involves the whole person participating in learning activities. To achieve this the course uses a range of experiential learning methods including applied theatre, creative writing, reflective exercises, practical and creative workshops, as well as lectures and self-directed study. This delivery plan provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply their understanding of social pedagogy, leadership, theory, values and approaches.

Teaching will draw on interactive and experiential learning through practical activities that let students experience the challenges around leadership and enable the group to apply their learning and reflect on their own value base. Through the use of interactive activities, role play, case studies and sharing practice examples students will be encourage to discuss and apply theory.