The aim of this programme is to allow students to critically analyse social care and social justice as it is currently conceived and explore its applications to a range of service and user groups to enhance their capacity to act as a force for progressive social change.
Students will reflectively interrogate their own identities and positioning, developing practical skills around advocacy, lobbying, activism etc. to allow them to lead and become leaders of change within their given area. There are 4 key learning objectives which underpin this programme, they are:
1.To critique redistributive and social justice. Redistribution which is defined as equitable distribution of wealth/income/goods/services.
2.To practice the values of recognition and respect in all social care domains and in society generally (for social and cultural differences and the promotion of diversity in all its forms).
3.To facilitate representation at the personal, organisational and political level in society (the capacity / opportunity to actively participate in decision making).
4.To redress unequal relations and promote the concept of relationality in all aspects of social care to promote social inclusion, social justice and equality. (Relationality is the promotion of equal healthy relationships in the affective domain in society and the challenging of unequal power dynamics in family, organisational and in other social relationships. Also the capacity to access care for oneself and undertake care for others).
All these objectives require students to develop critical reflection upon and the ability to initiate and effect change geared towards the realisation of the above objectives.