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Course Overview

This course seeks to assist individuals to enhance their capabilities in working in and through relationship and to found these on the community education value base and code of ethics and a critical appreciation of power relations. Power will be explored in a variety of creative ways – through drama, dance, image etc.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Aileen Ackland

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

·         Ideas linked to power and empowerment in a community context (Rogers, Freire, Gramsci, Foucault, Bourdieu)

·         The character and ethics of professional relationships

·         Codes of ethics

·         Forging, developing, monitoring and ending relationships — the values and skills required

·         Different ways of conceptualising relationship – as guidance, mentoring, critical friend, counsellor

·         Working with groups, group process, group dynamics and decision making structures and processes

·         Communication technologies and power and the use of ICT in an empowering context

·         Professional roles, partnership, interdisciplinary and multi-agency working

·         Management discourses and the value base

·         Self management, self motivation, self evaluation

·         Working with and leading others


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Continuous assessment 100%

Task 1 (75%) Assessed on CAS Scale

Students will produce a multi-media model showing evidence of a transformative relationship, which they have facilitated. The relationship, its context and impact should be critically analysed. The model will include:

·         Links to the professional value base and code of ethics

·         Links to the wider social and political context

·         Evidence of the dispositions and skills used in the relationship

·         A consideration of change and how it has occurred

Task 2

In addition, students must contribute 3 critical reflections on their experience of power relations and ethics in practice to the online learning community. Each should address different kinds of relationships such as with partners, colleagues, community activists, learners. The 3 reflections should be contributed at different points in the course and should amount to a total of at least 750 words. (25%) Pass or fail

To pass the course both elements must achieve a PASS.

Resit: One resubmission of either part if deemed unsatisfactory. Task 1: Resubmission of multi-media model. Task 2 may require and alternative task if participation in group is not possible:1200 word reflection on power and ethics in practice and in online learning.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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