Advocacy courses have been developed at UWTSD to ensure that the capacity of individuals to act independently and make their own free choices, empowerment and the voice of the individual and/or community is promoted in all aspects of society.
The debate around social policy and service provision has highlighted the need for professionals who are able to appreciate how social policies are continuously reconstructed and changed and the contribution to these processes from those who come from different value positions and different social, cultural and economic backgrounds.
With the introduction of the Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales) 2014, there is a statutory requirement to hear the voice of services uses through the use of advocates, both instructed and non-instructed.
This programme has been designed as sound preparation for students who wish to enter professions working in diverse fields, for example:
Professional Practice in Advocacy (20 credits; compulsory)
Relationships, Communication and Families in Contemporary Society (20 credits; compulsory)
Skills for Life: Employability and Future Pathways (20 credits; compulsory).
No exams in this programme.
Assessment is by written assignments, seminar presentations, reports, reflective diaries, leaflets and video documentaries; these assessment methods link with the development of employability skills.
Graduate Attributes Framework
This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.
The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.
Graduates may also choose to continue studying and complete postgraduate and postgraduate research qualifications through progression on to, either, the MA Equity and Diversity in Society, or a PhD in Social Justice and Inclusion, that allow students to utilise postgraduate funding.
DBS: All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks which they may need to produce essays, assignments and dissertations in fulfilment of the academic requirements of each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
Printing and copying
CertHE Social Studies (SLS1)A one-year programme which is designed to provide a foundation year for those students who may wish to move onto either the BA Advocacy or the BA Sociology degree; or as a standalone exit award/qualification. This programme is underpinned by modules that explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies.
BA Sociology (SOC1) A three-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year which includes modules that explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement while the modules develop a wider understanding of sociological issues and solutions. The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to aspects of sociology that the student wishes to pursue in more depth.
MA Equity and Diversity in Society The MA in Equity and Diversity in Society is an exciting development in response to current legislation, social policy, local and global concerns regarding equity. Awareness of equity, equality and diversity is considered an integral requirement of many organisations, as well as an aspiration for society as a whole.