Community Participation in Professional Practice

Taken as part of a recognised post-graduate qualification or as a stand-alone training course, it could help you make the most of new opportunities in this emerging area.

Community Participation

It will also provide those already facing the challenge of applying participatory approaches in their own organisations with new skills and practical guidance.

Who should apply

Anyone who is passionate about using participation and engagement to solve problems.

What the course will cover

  • Recent history - the key recent developments in participation, engagement, involvement and community-based research, including theoretical perspectives and critiques.
  • Ethics - the core values and ethos behind successful participatory projects as well as practical issues of such as consent and confidentiality.
  • Methods - critical analysis using a wide range of tools and approaches.
  • Evaluation - how to integrate cycles of action and reflection for joint assessment and learning.
  • Policy change - strategies for communication and advocacy.

Some key learning outcomes

  • Applying participatory principles in the design of processes that lead to policy and social change.
  • Representation and accountability - successfully negotiating how people are represented in research and how processes of accountability can be built-in.

Teaching methods

You will learn from guest lecturers drawing on their practice in a range of sectors including food, health, environment and workplace, you will be able to ask the Course Director for practical support and advice on your work-based assignment for up to three hours a week.

Attendance at Edinburgh is only required for the three workshops. At other times participation is from your home or workplace. Study can be fitted around work and family commitments. Full access is available to the University of Edinburgh’s online digital library, including journals and e-books.

Course Dates

This course has not been timetabled for 2014-15

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree and evidence of a basic understanding ethical issues affecting professionals. Participants with strong professional experience but lower qualifications may be considered at the discretion of the Course Director subject to evidence of academic ability.

How to apply

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The course is available to be taken by both non-Edinburgh students as a standalone course with post-graduate credits or as part of a Masters degree course. Please contact the programme team on telephone number 0131 650 3890 or email.


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