UCC Adult courses

Leadership in the Community - Dip

About This Course

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Course Outline

This Certificate/Diploma in Leadership in the Community is designed to meet the educational and professional skills needs of those who are tasked with the responsibility of providing effective leadership within our communities. Itintroduces the student to the concepts and processes of community developments which compliment and develop effective leadership skills that reflect current best practice and are appropriate to working in and with the community and voluntary sector. 

The Diploma programme is delivered on a part-time basis over a two year period.  The programme is modularised with attendant continuous assessment comprising of project work, presentations, reflections, practical assignments, essays and community based practice placement.  There are no examinations on this programme.


Course Practicalities

This course runs one evening per week. Candidates who successfully complete First Year may opt not to proceed to Second Year and may exit the programme with a Certificate in Leadership in the Community.  Students who complete the first year and decide to opt out of the Second Year, mid cycle, may also exit with a  Certificate of Leadership in the Community.

Assessment

The programme is modularised with attendant continuous assessment comprising of project work, presentations, reflections, practical assignments, essays and community based practice placement.  There are no examinations on this programme.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by 1st January of the year of application
  • Hold a Leaving Certificate/FETAC level 5 qualification (or equivalent)
  • Be able to demonstrate involvement in the community development sector verifiable by an up to date reference.
  • Applicants not meeting the criteria may submit a 500 word personal statement outlining suitability for the course and may be called for interview.

Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme. Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point. Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

Fees and Costs

€990 per academic year

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

Applications will re-open in 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year. TBC

Year 1 Modules

  • AD1044: Group Work Skills (10 credits)
    Theoretical approaches to group work.
    Group facilitation skills.
    Conflict resolution.
    Communication skills.
  • AD1046: History and Theory of Community Development (5 credits)
    Models of Community Development.
    Sociological Perspectives of Community.
    Examinatino of the actors and dynamics within the politics of community.
    Development, principles and practices of community work.
  • AD1047: Principles and Practice of Community Work (5 credits)
    Principles and practices of community work.
    The role of the community worker.
    Agency profile.
  • AD1048: Social Analysis of Community (10 credits)
    Contemporary Irish Social policy.
    Mechanisms of social inclusion.

Year 2 Modules

  • AD2020: Practice Placement (10 credits)
    Theoretical learning.
    Reflective practice.
    Placement.
  • AD2021: Leadership and Management in Community Development Work (10 credits)
    Models of leadership: Theory and practice.
    Styles of leadership and management.
    Exploration of skill sets in relation to both.
    Organisation and group culture.
    Project management.
    Project planning and funding applications.
  • AD2022: Research Skills in Leadership in the Community (10 credits)
    Research design.
    Research ethics.
    Methodology.
    Data collection and analysis.
    Presentation skills.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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