Social Justice Practice - SOCI6860

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


Would you like to volunteer for a cause you believe in while learning useful skills and gaining real world experience? If you would this is the module for you!

Social Justice Practice provides an opportunity for you to gain practical experience of the voluntary and community sector and combine it with academic study of the sector and related theoretical concepts such as social capital, social justice, volunteering, altruism and philanthropy. Lectures also cover topics such as the role, management, financing and governance – essential knowledge if you are planning to work in a wide range of different professions.
Students undertake at least 100 hours of voluntary work with a charity in Kent or Medway during the academic year. Once you sign up for this module you will be invited for an interview to discuss your volunteering plans and so you can find out more about the module and the volunteering you plan to do for it. Register in the usual way and you will be invited for an interview towards the end of the summer term (late May or early June).


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 32
Private study hours: 140 hours of voluntary work, 128 hours private study
Total study hours: 300


Runs every year

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework - Presentation - 20%
Coursework - Practice Journal - 30%
Coursework - Assignment 1 (2500 words) - 25%
coursework - Assignment 2 (2500 words) - 25%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Kendall, J. (2003) The Voluntary Sector: Comparative Perspectives in the UK. London: Routledge.
Musick, M. and Wilson, J. (2007) Volunteers: A Social Profile. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Rochester, C., Ellis Paine, A. and Howlett, S. (2011) Volunteering and Society in the 21st Century. London: Palgrave.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Demonstrate enhanced understanding of the 'third sector', its historic development and its contemporary role in social policy in Britain as a whole, and in the Medway area in particular.
2.Demonstrate a critical understanding of political and sociological theoretical perspectives upon 'civil society' and the 'third' sector.
3.Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of 'social justice' and the role of the 'third' / voluntary sector society.

The intended generic learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Demonstrate enhanced research and analytical skills, especially the ability to associate theory with practice.
2.Demonstrate developed problem-solving skills and critical awareness


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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