SWK1048 Developing Enterprising Communities.
A unique blend of community organising, incorporating the traditions of Paolo Freire, Saul Alinsky and Margaret Ledwith, leading to an investigation, by the students, of social problems faced by students on campus with a view to analysing the social problem and developing potential solutions and ventures to them. This was the prototype for the Changemaker Certificate and was designed with graduate students who had been on the Balloon Kenya experience
SWK1046 Spirituality, belief and faith in communities
This module explores the intersection between faith communities, religion, personal spirituality and care. It explore the worlds of theistic and non-theistic belief systems, how they impact on the world, and how they can be thought of with the acronym, HOPE: what gives Hope, what Organised aspects there are to that belief system, what Personal influences that creates and what Effect that has in the world and your community. In 2014, this featured a unique collaboration with AshokaU Changemaker award winner Dr Kartini Leet, a photographer, and the exploration of the topics of belief,religion, and community through the lense of the image.
SWK1014 Understanding Human Behaviours: Sociology for Social Workers
This unique and exciting module is an introduction for social workers to the toolkit of sociology, to help them analyse a given social work case and see how the hidden structures of society create the conditions for the behaviours of the people involved. It is based around the radio play Mogadishu, which provides a school based social work context. The students explore the different sociology topics through the actions and thoughts of the characters in the play, armed with a theory that all sociology is the study of the ways in which powerful people control other peoples lives, and this power and control is resisted and subverted. The control is exercised, as Foucault might say, obviously through spectacle, and subtly, through governmentality.
SWK3026 Collaborating for Social Change
The previous module SWK3017 was retired in 2015, and this module picks up the best of that original module, and focusses the students on using techniques derived from Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focussed Therapy and Soft Systems Methodology to understand how working with social welfare clients is a wickedly complex problem, and high levels of empathy are required to understand how the client might be motivated to make changes to their own circumstances through boosting their intrinsic motivation.
FDN005 Working with ideas in Science and Health
This is a foundation year module for students wanting to go and study degrees in the cognate areas of science and health, so it’s a multidisciplinary group of students, using the concepts of creativity, ideas generation and social innovation to explore an area of common concern- like student food poverty- to develop potential solutions.
SWK1051 Changemakers. This is a 20 credit first year version of the globally respected Changemaker Certificate. The subject is problem-analysis and problem solving, using a bespoke blend of problem analysis, decision theory and design thinking to develop a student from knowing nothing about the social and environmental problems in the world about them to the point of developing a potential innovative solution. The outcome is to create a Social Venture Canvas using a modified form of Osterwalders business canvas. This module was adopted by the academic teams that I was teaching for, and they have used the resources to create their own version.
SWK3017 – Social Change and Communities
This is known as the mega-module, a 40 credit exploration of the challenges of motivating change in welfare client behaviours at a personal level, with students roleplaying the identity work of their clients, and then bring together all of these clients in a community group in a case-study deprived neighbourhood in the east Midlands. The students are then challenged to take what they have learnt about their clients, mix it with statistical date, observation work, historical research and (using soft systems analysis and rich picturing) to propose major regeneration scale solutions to create sustainable communities.
SWK2003 Community Involvement
This module examines the concept of community involvement and the process of community development from a number of perspectives. It examines the recent policy context and theoretical perspectives of community involvement, how to find out about communities and be a critically aware practitioner, the necessity of working in partnerships (and the how to) plus an in-depth look at the whole question of participation.
MKT1019 Introducing Social Enterprise
This module introduces the student to the field of social entrepreneurship and enterprise. The module will investigate the motivations and activities of social entrepreneurs in the start-up phase of a new business. The module also aims to develop the understanding of social enterprise necessary for an existing or future manager, adviser or consultant to a third sector organisation, including an emerging or established social enterprise. It provides a basic module for Associate Students in Social Enterprise, and is compliant with the Institute of Leadership and Management award in Understanding Social Enterprise (E5.01).
MKT1003 – Introduction To Enterprise And Entrepreneurship
The Small and Medium Enterprise sector accounts for the vast majority of the businesses in the UK. This module provides level 1 undergraduate business students with a basic knowledge of the defining features of SMEs and their operating environment, together with an appreciation of the particular management skills used in SME operations. The module provides a basic knowledge of the characteristics and role of entrepreneurs within the SME sector. It constitutes a foundation for the BA Business Enterprise, and further SME and Entrepreneurial studies.
MKT3026 – Opportunity, Innovation And Entrepreneurship
The pursuit of opportunity is fundamental to the formation, growth and survival of any business enterprise. Innovative responses to opportunities lead to new products, services and business ventures. In an increasingly crowded business environment, entrepreneurs and managers must develop innovative ways of creating and exploiting new opportunities if they are to gain competitive advantage in tomorrow’s markets. This module evaluates current “best management practice” relating to business creation and product development strategies, and explores the likely areas of wealth creation for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.
IBO3004 – Social Responsibility Of Business
This module considers a broad spectrum of issues relating to the social responsibility of business which do not form part of the mainstream of business education but which are increasingly being seen as important aspects of corporate behaviour with consequential impact on firm performance and with considerable and growing public and media interest.