Community Links


This module will offer students the opportunity to take up a volunteer/work placement in a public or voluntary sector organisation throughout their fourth year.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the opportunity to : Explore sociological issues in 'real world situations'; Apply theory and concepts to a specific organisation or sector; Gain work experience and employability skills Develop graduate attributes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Show the ability to be proactive in developing their own learning outcomes.

2.  Demonstrate knowledge of sociological, political and social policy issues related to their placement.

3.  Critically evaluate theoretical ideas from their degree programme and their applicability to social problems and policy issues.

4.  Demonstrate the ability to work successfully with an external agency.

Indicative Content

1 Student Defined Content

The learning will be shaped by the organisation in which the student is placed and the role they are assigned.

2 Work experience

The student will gain valuable employability skills.

3 Job-seeking skills

Guidance on producing professional CVs are built into the organisation of the module.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This 20 credit module is registered as a second semester module - however it runs from the beginning of the first semester. Students wishing to take this module must apply to do so by completing an application form in a special session at the start of the module. There are no lectures but the group will meet three times per semester to discuss assessment. The module is 100% enquiry based learning in which the students are encouraged to apply their academic learning to the role and organisation they are placed with. This encourages the development of graduate attributes which produce active citizens.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 3
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 27
Independent 170

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.