Citizenship and Cohesive Communities Short Course

Citizenship and Cohesive Communities Short Course

During the course of the module, the students will learn about the following:

  • Citizenship, community cohesion, what do we mean by these concepts.
  • We will look at issues such as equality and diversity.
  • What is cohesion aimed at, all the issues it tries to address, social inclusion, extreme views on cohesion, stereotyping, foreign policies, impact on local people, culture difference
  • Looking at different perspectives from different races, identity and segregation, civic leadership in terms of people represented, policing, neighbourhood renewal, regeneration, networking, partnership formation– the effects of these concepts and profiles in terms of cohesion.

Entry and Admissions

AWARD TYPE: Short Course

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: 1 Year Part Time

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Burnley

START DATE: September

Entry Requirements:

A Level 2/3 qualification or equivalent experiential learning.

DBS Checks:

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Course Content

This course is underpinned by a critical analysis of citizenship and cohesive communities and how it is applied in diverse, changing and challenging settings.

Further information can be obtained from:

Jenny Lamb
The Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership 
The School of Social Work, Care and Community
Room 236, Eden Building
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel 01772 892775


Learning Environment & Assessment

This programme is built around the concept of a learning community and students are encourage to use the excellent new facilities of the Students Union and also the Library to continue to engage in their studies out of the classroom. All modules are delivered via our new online ‘live’ classroom where students can log on live to the lesson from anywhere in the world.

Assessment is portfolio based with a strong emphasis on action, reflection praxis.

A range of assessment methods will be used during your course. Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be formally and informally assessed through written assignments, oral presentations and through practical tasks. The requirements and the marking criteria for all course assessments are clearly set out for you in this handbook and module handbooks.

Opportunities will also be provided throughout the course for informal, formative assessment of your skills, knowledge and understanding. You will be invited to present seminar papers, contribute to class and online discussions, apply your learning informally in the workplace and take part in tutorials.

Academic Expertise

Core staff include:

Ridwanah Gurjee MEd PGCE FHEA, Executive Member of the International Mentoring Association

Dr. Alethea Melling MBE PhD FHEA

Dr. Mahmood Chandia PhD FHEA

Cllr Wajid Khan LLM FHEA Executive Member of Volunteurope

Jenny Lamb MA FHEA

Yasmeen Ali M.Ed FHEA

Learning outcome & aims

The aims of the programme are to:

  • To define Citizenship and its relevance to society
  • To introduce students systematically to the conceptual frameworks 
  • To define what is meant by a cohesive community
  • To develop a foundation for wider learning and of gaining skills of research and evaluation in community development and community cohesion
  • To explore issues of social and cultural diversity within the context of community cohesion
  • To highlight the problems facing areas lacking cohesion: case study

On successful completion of this programme a student will be able to:

  • Outline the key debates surrounding citizenship and cohesive communities and begin to appreciate complexity
  • Evaluate with tutor guidance, using defined techniques, the impact of economic and social factors on community cohesion
  • Explain the effects of racially motivated tensions on communities.
  • Discuss social inclusion and issues surrounding it
  • Explore and apply given tools/methods accurately and carefully to a problem

Industry links & professional accreditation

An academic qualification in community leadership provides an excellent and recognised foundation for a career in the field. The course is designed to prepare the student for senior positions of community leadership within the third sector, the public sector, governance and politics, and also to play a leading role on the international stage. The course provides excellent opportunities for international, national, regional, and local networking and the development of personal social capital which will serve to effectively enhance employability prospects.

Work experience and international opportunities

Structured work experience forms a mandatory element of this programme allowing the student to graduate with a portfolio of experience and extra curricula professional qualifications.

Graduate Careers

"I am passionate about working in the community and with marginalised groups, and having gained a first class honours degree, I am now studying for a Masters in Community Leadership taught at UCLan’s Burnley Campus." - Sara Ali

"I never thought I would return to education, but the degree at UCLan appealed to me because it allows women to fit in their studies around their family and is housed at the Burnley Campus." - Najma Shah

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

About UCLan

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University of Central Lancashire,
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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400