Title: Social Development Policy and Practice
Keywords: Vulnerable groups (in general)
Human development
Aid paradigms
Country: United Kingdom
Institution: UK - Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Course coordinator: Suzanne Fustukian
Date start: 2019-01-15
Date end: 2019-02-14
About duration and dates: 5 weeks class-based, submission date: 2019-01-31
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Edinburgh
ECTS credit points: 5 ECTS credits
SIT: 150 hours SIT of which
24 hours - class-room lectures
6 hours - class based simulations and case studies
4 hours – student-led seminars
3 hours – tutorials
113 hours – self-directed study
Language: English
By the end of the module the students will be able to:
• Identify and evaluate a range of conceptual frameworks that inform social development policy and practice as it related to health in the community
• Conduct social analysis using a variety of frameworks and methods including gender, stakeholder, institutions, participation, poverty assessment
• Critically examine the impact of environment, place, institutions and structures on social development and health
• Appraise the potential resources of the poor utilising the sustainable livelihoods approach and identify barriers and facilitators in relation to reducing vulnerability and poor health outcomes
• Evaluate social development policy and interventions
• Critically analyse the health and social consequences of rapid and unequal change : poverty and deprivation, vulnerability and exclusion
Assessment Procedures:
A written essay of 3000 words, based on selected topics derived from the taught sessions.
Students are marked out of 100%. A mark over 50% is a pass. Between 20% and 50% the candidate is allowed to resubmit once. If successful they are then awarded a minimum pass. Candidates are not allowed to resubmit if they have already failed four MSc level modules as part of their MSc programme
To enable students to gain practitioner competency in social development and health through a critical evaluation of social development theory and current policy and practice:
• Definitions and concepts of social development and well being
• Development theory and social change
• Sustainable livelihoods approach in social development and health programmes
• Concepts and measurement of poverty, vulnerability and resilience of different groups
• Frameworks for social analysis to current issues: e.g. stakeholder analysis, gender analysis, social exclusion
• Participation and empowerment including rights-based approaches
• Partnerships - roles and responsibilities of state/non-state actors in social development and health programmes
• Different approaches to community level governance, with a particular focus on health facilities
The module comprises teaching by a range of experienced presenters taking 6 3-hour sessions allowing the presenter to utilise lecture, group activities and debate. Six hours are based on case study analysis of vulnerability and chronic poverty in Uganda and Bangladesh and presentation by participants who lead discussion in the presence of the coordinator and experienced presenters. Film viewing and discussion. Self-directed study for reading, preparing class presentations, and essay preparation.
The standard minimum levels of entry for the postgraduate programmes/Modules are any one of the following:
 an honours degree in a related subject area
 a professional qualification in a related area recognised for professional body membership and equivalent in academic terms to an honours degree
 a qualification in a related area from a professional institution and not less than 3 years professional experience at a level approved by the Admissions committee.
 An IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent

There is no prerequisite subject prior to taking this module. It is an optional advanced module for various programmes within the MSc Programme for International Health.
20 students, no limit on how many of these are TropEd, but depends on general demand
On application, no exclusion criteria
GBP: 1400 for international students and GBP:700 for home/EU students
Scholarships: none
Major changes since initial accreditation:
Same course coordinator; more emphasis on diverse case studies; utilising research experience from chronic poverty research and sustainable livelihood approaches.
Student evaluation:
The majority stated the objectives were achieved and the module was very relevant for their practice. The module was a mix between lectures, including guest lecturers on specific topics, and seminars for which prior reading was required. Experiences of participants were drawn on. Most students appreciated this mix, finding the opportunity to debate some of the more difficult case studies and concepts and learn from each other very refreshing. However, some felt more that more time was needed for discussion on key topics. More could be done to link theory with practice. Some students wanted the same amount of group work and some suggested less.
Lessons learned:
Class-based work draws more specifically on particular studies from the reading list, with the aim of drawing on case studies that help to examine the links between theory and practice. Group work maintained but with clearer guidelines and objectives.
tropEd accreditation:
Accreditated in London September 2009. Re-accredited in EC meeting August 2014. This accreditation is valid until August 2019.
Email Address: SFustukian@qmu.ac.uk
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-05-09 00:25:01 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-05-09 06:35:06 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-21 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2018-06-21 15:31:44 (W3C-DTF)

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