Social Justice Practice - SO686

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Medway Autumn and Spring
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5 30 (15) DR E Hogg


SO647 Sociological Research Methods


Students cannot do this module and SO705 Criminal Justice Practice



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).


This module appears in:

Contact hours

2 hours per week


Runs every year

Method of assessment

Assessment is by coursework only. There are 2 essays of 2000-2500 words each, together worth 50% of the marks, a 3,000 word practice journal worth 30% and an in-class presentation worth 20%.

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

At the end of the module the student should:

Have an 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.

Have a critical understanding of political and sociological theoretical perspectives upon 'civil society' and the 'third' sector.

Have an understanding of the concept of 'social justice' and the role of the 'third' / voluntary sector society.

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

Demonstrate highly developed skills in written and verbal communication, utilising research, empirical data and information technology (key skills 1, 2 and 3).

Associate theory with practice (key skills 1, 4 & 5)

Demonstrate development in problem-solving skills (key skill 6).
Work co-operatively with other students in discussions to acknowledge and resolve conflicting perspectives and interpretations (key skills 4 and 6).

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