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This dynamic, award-winning programme will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practice-based skills to develop or advance a career in community work. Communities and charities are at the forefront of current policy and cutting-edge thinking around democratic and social renewal. The sector is also undergoing a transformation through its enhanced role in welfare delivery at a time of austerity and increased demand for its services. You will learn about the latest theoretical and policy developments in the areas of community development and public policy, including the Big Society agenda. You will critically reflect on these issues and the role of community development in public policy, focusing particularly on governance, citizenship, equality and diversity, partnership working and community engagement. You will also develop practical skills in project management, leadership, policy analysis and evaluation. This course is designed for anyone working with, or who has an interest in, communities. You will be taught by, and engage with, academic experts and practitioners from a range of community, voluntary and local government organisations and backgrounds. This course is based at our Stratford campus, though some option modules can be taken at our campus in central London. The programme is also available for part-time evening study over four years.
We offer multiple approaches to the study of societies and cultures, human geography, and sustainability, poverty and development, as well as community and citizenship, at local, regional and global levels. Ours is a vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students.
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
Graduates can pursue careers in voluntary sector organisations, local government and education. This degree may also be useful in becoming a charity officer, civil service administrator, local government officer or social researcher. We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.