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Master Theory and Practice of Parenting

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  • Objectives
    The field of work with parents is growing! Every local authority is now expected to employ someone in a role which is probably best described as 'Parenting Co-ordinator'. From this flows an increasing range of employment opportunities including training, supervision and research. The development of the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners will also contribute to the widening of employment opportunities.
  • Entry requirements
    It's the first Masters level course designed specifically for people working in the field of parenting
  • Academic Title
    MSc Theory and Practice of Parenting
  • Course description
    Programme

    In the first year of the course the modules include:

    -Theory and Practice of Parenting: Knowledge and Skills for Practitioners
    -Making sense of Qualitative and Quantitative Data or
    -Health and Social Research Methods 1 and 2

    These modules provide the foundation for the dissertation.

    Option module chosen from the following:

    -Managing race and diversity
    -Anti-oppressive practice
    -Management of Services and People
    -Application of Theory in Parenting Practice
    -Negotiated Module.

    These modules are also studied by other cohorts of students from the Youth and Community and Community and Criminal Justice Divisions and inter-professional discussion will be encouraged so as to ensure that topics are examined from a range of perspectives.

    In the second year of the course the modules include:

    -Working with groups of parents
    -Workforce development and training: designing, delivering and assessing learning
    -Option module.

    The dissertation is also launched and this enables students to choose and research a particular topic in depth.

    Teaching/assessment

    The course is delivered via blended/distance learning and the learning and teaching methods utilised reflect the philosophy aims and principles of a programme of advanced academic and professional development.

    The methods of assessment are rooted within the programme's philosophy of participative learning and empowerment. Modules will use a variety of methods of continuous assessment commensurate with advanced level study. The summative methods include:

    Individual written assignments/essays normally 4,000 words.

    A report of a small practical research project (4,000 words or the equivalent)

    A dissertation of 15 -18,000 words together with an accompanying article of 2-5,000 words.

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