Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This dynamic, award'winning programme will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practice'based skills to develop or advance a career in community work.

Communities and charities are at the forefront of current policy and cutting'edge thinking around democratic and social renewal. The sector is also undergoing a transformation through its enhanced role in welfare delivery at a time of austerity and increased demand for its services. You will learn about the latest theoretical and policy developments in the areas of community development and public policy, including the Big Society agenda. You will critically reflect on these issues and the role of community development in public policy, focusing particularly on governance, citizenship, equality and diversity, partnership working and community engagement. You will also develop practical skills in project management, leadership, policy analysis and evaluation. This course is designed for anyone working with, or who has an interest in, communities.

You will be taught by, and engage with, academic experts and practitioners from a range of community, voluntary and local government organisations and backgrounds.

This course is based at our Stratford campus. Some option modules can be taken at our campus in central London.

Course Modules

To gain the BSc, you must successfully complete modules worth a total of 360 credits. You must take all compulsory modules, plus a choice from a range of option modules. You can take modules worth a total of 120 credits in each year.

In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules.

In Year 2, you take three compulsory modules and choose one option module.

In Year 3, you take one compulsory module and choose three option modules, one of which can be a dissertation.

Year 1 compulsory modules:

Community Action;

Community'Based Project Development and Management;

Introductions: Community and Local Government Studies;

Leadership and Governance in Local Communities.

Year 2 compulsory modules:

Knowing the Social World;

Participation and Community Engagement;

Social Justice (Level 5).

Year 2 option modules:

Contemporary British Politics;

Environment, Economy and Society in Europe;

Social Conflict;

Social Relations and Social Policy Level 5;

Urbanisation in Developing Countries.

Year 3 compulsory module:

Equality and Diversity: The Development of Policy and Practice in Britain.

Year 3 option modules:

BSc Social Science Dissertation;

Cities and Urban Inequalities;

Critical Race Studies: Understanding Asian and Black Experiences in Britain;

Globalization in the Contemporary World

Research Applications in Human Geography, Delhi Field Trip Level 6;

The Politics of Race and Diaspora.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £13,350 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £6,935 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £10,025 Overseas Fees