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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 14/12/2022 15:16:29

Title of Module: Applied Critical Pedagogy

Code: BACE09001 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:A.  Coburn

Summary of Module

This module will draw on critical social and cultural theory and will help you to engage methods of observation, research and practice.   Underpinning analysis will be an understanding that social justice (including but not restricted to racial, sexual diversity, gender, religious, geographic, economic equity) informs the application of critical pedagogical theories. 

This module builds on theory and practice from critical pedagogy one, to consider ideas on human rights, equality and social justice in order to critique their utility in community education contexts.

Including a critical tentative lens, students will engage in post-formal cognition, moving from traditional positivist methodologies found in both formal and informal education.  Moving from self-actualization and conscientisation discovered in Critical Pedagogy 1, students will apply social theory to an emancipatory vision of youth and community work for the present and the future.   

In this way, students will explore practices that sometimes sit uncomfortably with professional standards and/or legal requirements for equality.  As such the module prompts critical questioning of how CLD standards are agreed, maintained and developed and what the benchmarks for emancipatory practice might be. Understanding how difference is constructed, will engage students in finding ways of critically decoding their own and others’ practice, in order to challenge discrimination and facilitate professional emancipatory practice.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Critique theoretical perspectives on Human Rights, Equality and Social Justice and their application in Community Education contexts

L2. Use social theories on critical pedagogy to analyse the construction of social difference and to reflect on their own discourses and prejudices

L3. Demonstrate a socially just pedagogy

L4. Evaluate how critical social theories can be used to rethink and redesign old paradigms

L5. Apply creative thinking to complex problems in articulating an emancipatory vision and practice of youth and community work

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Use knowledge and understanding of core ideas to critically question theory and practice in debating contemporary policies
Consolidate knowledge and understanding of the nature and possibilities for transformational and democratic education.

Show detailed knowledge and understanding of pedagogy as applied to a range of community learning contexts.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Develop capability in creative thinking of how to challenge the status quo.
Show critical Refection on knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to being an effective community educator.

Effectively implement appropriate communication and interpersonal skills relevant to community learning settings and contexts.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Critically evaluate, giving reasoned opinions and arguments
in relation to designing authentic curricula relevan to issues of equality and social justice.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Communicate effectively and appropriately through a range of ICT applications
Contribute to the literature on, and public discussion of, applied critical pedagogy for emancipatory practice.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrate awareness of personal attitudes, values and beliefs and respect of others.
Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in working collaboratively to initiate an educational seminar consistent with the values and principles of critical pedagogy.
Identify and address own learning needs both in current and in new ideas, identifying, accessing, selecting, evaluating, and using resources as appropriate.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Though there will be occasional lectures, the teaching and learning strategy for the programme is founded on the notion of communities of practice, on problem based strategies and on collaborative learning. This will be underpinned, supported and extended through reading assignments based on the VLE and tailored assessment. In tutorial discussions, students will be able to reflect on their understanding of theoretical and empirical information, apply their knowledge to concrete scenarios and case studies, and develop their interpersonal and communication skills.
Through their assignments, students will be able to demonstrate their ability to search for sources, evaluate, analyse and interpret source materials, integrate theoretical knowledge and empirical information, and develop balanced and evidence-based conclusions, in appropriate academic style.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Asynchronous Class Activity24
Independent Study140
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Baker, J., Lynch, K., Cantillion, S., & Walsh, J. (2009). (2nd Ed) Equality: from theory to action Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Darder A., Baltodano, M. and Torres, R (eds) (2009) The Critical Pedagogy Reader Routledge: Oxon

Coburn, A., & Wallace, D. (2020). Critical community education: the case of love stings. In S. R. Steinberg, & B. Down (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies (Vol. 2, pp. 1036-1053). SAGE Publications.

Ledwith, M. (2020) Community Development a Critical Approach (3rd Ed) Bristol: Policy Press

Shaw, M. (2011) Stuck in the middle? Community development, community engagement and the dangerous business of learning for democracy Community Development Journal Vol 46 No 52 April 2011

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure

For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:
Attend classes as directed in module handbook and undertake off-campus or on-line tasks, as directed by module tutor.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCommunity Education
ModeratorD. Wallace
External ExaminerF Howard
Accreditation DetailsCLD Standards Council for Scotland
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
60% Practical Presentation
40% Essay
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentationcheck mark check markcheck mark 600

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essay check mark  check mark404
Combined Total For All Components100% 4 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Our UWS Equality and Diversity Policy is available at the following link:

Community Education is an emancipatory practice that works with communities to challenge inequality and promote social justice. Thus, a commitment to equality and accepting difference underpins curriculum, content and process, across the Programme. It is therefore not surprising that our values and ethos adhere to, and go beyond, the minimum legal position as detailed within the Equality Act 2010, in requiring compliance with the general equality duty to:
• Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act;
• Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; and
• Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
The programme supports equality of opportunity for students from different backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using appropriate platforms, learning materials are presented in formats that facilitate flexible access and with all reasonable adjustments being made to ensure fair and inclusive engagement. The programme complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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