International Social Work and Social Development - MA



About the course

Every country’s approach to social work and social development is different, and this course will help you acquire the skills and knowledge you will need to give your career a global perspective.

Your studies will provide a broad level of understanding by exposing you to the variety of ways in which our subjects are approached in diverse contexts, and there will be a particular focus on the global south, and on recognising how responses to social issues have developed.

There will also be an emphasis on issues which have an international dimension, such as human rights and social justice, trafficking and other forms of exploitation.





International Social Work and Social Development - MA - University Square Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Study, compare and evaluate different welfare regimes and indigenous responses to human need within a framework of equality and social justice
  • Explore the ethical aspects of your subject including attention to power and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the knowledge, theoretical and ethical underpinnings and approaches to international social work and social development in diverse global contexts
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge and critical appreciation of research models and methods, and acquire a high level of skill in evaluating and undertaking research while working within a robust ethical framework
  • Benefit from a programme that will give you the core skills, initiative and professionalism necessary to carry out direct work with clients in a range of settings, for example working for NGOs, governments or voluntary organisations.

This course offers global perspectives, theoretical foundations, ethics and practice skills equipping social work and social development professionals to respond effectively in diverse country contexts and make global-local connections. It aims to enable students to develop cultural competence and the ability to work effectively in different global contexts.

You will develop critical thinking, enquiry and evaluation in response to human need encouraging reflectiveness, increasing self-awareness and questioning of models of practice. You will also develop team working skills as be exposed to multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse working, both through collaboration with other students and observing practice in community-based projects.

The course aims to equip students with the skills to carry out research and to understand the implications of research for practice. It also provides the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of a specialist subject of your own choosing.

The practice skills element of the course enables students to apply theory to practice and to develop the core skills, initiative and professionalism necessary to carry out direct work with clients in a range of settings; for example working for NGOs, government or voluntary organisations.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

  • International Social Work and Social Development
  • Comparative Social Work and Cultural Competence - Approaches, Policy and Practice
  • Models and Methods of Social Investigation
  • Human Rights, Advocacy and Social Justice
  • Complexities of Forced Migration: Human Displacement, Trafficking and Refuge
  • Humanitarian Aid, Non-governmental Organisations and Social Work in Disasters
  • Gender in International Social Work and Social Development
  • International Relations - Globalization
  • Practice Skills Workshops – Project Management, Training and Development, Evaluation and Communication Skills
  • Dissertation



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How will I be assessed?

The assessments develop incrementally across the programme allowing you to gain skills, acquire knowledge and receive feedback on your performance. This will enable you to apply the knowledge gained and feed it into subsequent assessments.

A small number of non-graded formative assessments are also used in the core units to enable you to receive feedback and further support your learning.

At the end of the course the assessments will demonstrate your ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise knowledge and communicate this in both written and other presentational formats and to demonstrate a range of high level transferable skills, attractive to prospective employers and evidenced in the course learning outcomes.

The assessment methods include:

  • Case studies
  • Reflective accounts of student experience
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Design of a training package
  • Analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • The dissertation allows you to undertake a research project and communicate knowledge, findings and recommendations

Entry requirements

Applicants should have either a professional social work qualification or a good Honours Degree in a relevant subject. For candidates without a degree, equivalent academic ability can be evidenced through work or voluntary activity.

International students should have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

There is growing demand in both developed and developing countries for the skills of social work and social development professionals. A wide range of job opportunities is available in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors, these include specialist roles in NGOs and various humanitarian organisations.

Job titles for typical successful Masters students include: Social Development Worker, Child Protection Worker, Community Worker, Animateur, Project Worker, Women’s Worker, Gender based Violence Specialist, Advocacy Worker. Roles in policy and research in the public, private and NGO sector are also open to graduates.

Further study options include PhD or the Professional Doctorate for Home/EU Students.

This is an exciting and innovative course which attracts a diverse student body, enriching the learning experience for all. Students are able to learn from national and international experts in social work and social development. We have also developed a series of practice based workshops to support academic learning and to help students to develop skills which will enhance their employability both within the UK and internationally.
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Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and funding

  • The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £6,990 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

  • The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £12,000 per year

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

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