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SP10195: Social and cultural diversity

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 5
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 1
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Follow this link for further information on unit rules Requisites: This unit is only available to students on the Foundation Degree in Funeral Services.
Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims:
This unit will:
* Increase awareness of difference. Participants will learn more about issues facing people from marginalised diverse communities, specifically those from black and minority ethnic groups, lesbian, gay & bisexual communities, and people experiencing discrimination because of their age, religion or belief.
* Introduce students to the complex issues around multi-culturalism and social, personal, and professional responses to cultural diversity and the implications for practice.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will have demonstrated their understanding of the following and how this relates to practice:
* Knowledge of differing cultures, religions and naming systems;
* Increased awareness of diversity issues whilst examining how our behaviour impacts on others;
* Greater knowledge of the predominant religions/spiritual belief systems in the UK;
* Increased understanding of issues facing individuals when confronted with multi-culturalism;
* Knowledge of demographic characteristics of UK population;
* Knowledge of information sources relating to diversity issues and how to access them.

Skills in:
* data collection and analysis;
* investigating and using a range of sources of information;
* learn skills and techniques to change and challenge behaviours or responses towards people at risk of discrimination;
* reflective practice;
* identifying theory in relation to work based practice.

The unit focuses on theoretical and workplace practice issues related to:
* The 6 UK equalities strands: Age, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Religion & Belief and Sexual Orientation
* Generic equalities issues
* Culture and its impact upon work based practices
* The major religions/spiritual belief systems within the UK
The programme of teaching in this unit will focus on support for group and individual learning programmes through the use of a variety of methods including:
* Problem solving exercises
* Case studies
* Group work
* Personal reflection
* Feedback sessions, group interaction and handouts
Teaching and learning strategies will use subject specific or work based examples where appropriate.
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP10195 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.