Community and Voluntary Sector Workshop Series


Course overview

NUI Galway are offering a series of workshops relevant to the Community and Voluntary sector designed to enable participants to further develop and enhance their understanding, knowledge and skills relevant to community development practice and policy in Ireland. This workshop series was developed in response to the continuing education needs of personnel working (paid/unpaid) in community/voluntary and state sectors actively supporting community life in a rapidly changing society.

 

Continuing Education Credit

Workshop series offerings are provided on a non-accredited basis. When you attend a workshop you will receive a Certificate of Attendance. An official certificate of attendance is only awarded to participants who have attended all sessions of a workshop topic (usually 1-day for a 5 ECTS workshop topic).

 

Participants also have the option to register for Continuing Education Credit at the reduced rate of €150 per 5 ECTS (normal cost for same €330). Registration for credit with NUI Galway will become available in September 2014-2015.  Such credit, when awarded, may lead to an exemption(s) and a reduction in overall fees at a programme level within a relevant discipline (e.g. Bachelor of Arts in Community and Family Studies).

Key facts

Entry requirements

N/A

Duration: Usually 1-day for a 5 ECTS workshop, 9.30a.m. - 4.30p.m., in NUI Galway

Next start date: 25th June 2014 - "Groupwork & Community Leadership"; 28th June 2014 - "Understanding Conflict"

ECTS weighting: 5 ECTS / 10 ECTS

Average intake: Variable

Closing date: Final date for registration: Friday, 20th June 2014

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

Current Workshop Topics:

Groupwork and Community Leadership (10 credits): This module examines the theory and practice of group work and community leadership. It considers group dynamics, communication in groups, effective group processes, conflict management and practical facilitation skills. It also outlines theories on leadership and how community leadership can be developed and supported.

  • Introduction to Group Dynamics
  • Effective Group Processes
  • Practical Facilitation Skills

 

Understanding Conflict (5 credits): This module examines the theory and practice of conflict transformation and peace building. Its recognises conflict as an inseparable part of the human interaction which can, when addressed effectively, resolve underlying needs and concerns, build sustainable communities and ultimately lead to peaceful and positive change.

  • Defining Conflict
  • Responding to Conflict
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Mediating Conflict
  • Conflict Resolution and Communication
 
Forthcoming Workshop Topics (dates to be confirmed):

Understanding Communities (10 credits): This module seeks to provide an understanding of the main themes and initiatives that characterise community development. The key principles of community development theory and their application to various types of community setting are explored. It also aims to provide participants with the practical skills and training necessary to enable them to work effectively with communities.

 

Youth and Society (5 credits): The aim of this module is to focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of youth work. The module will provide the theoretical framework and practical skills necessary for participants to engage young people in community initiatives, looking specifically at the role that young people can play in the development of their communities and also the role that the community can play in developing young people.

 

Community Health (5 credits): This module seeks to provide a broad understanding of health in Irish society particularly from a community perspective. It begins by looking at health issues within the context of international definitions and a national policy framework. It then examines the role of the individual, the community and society in managing health. It also examines the specifics of the Irish health system in terms of current policy, structures, financing and legislation.

Further education

Participants have the option to progress at a programme level within a relevant discipline (e.g. Bachelor of Arts in Community and Family Studies).

Applications and selections

Note: If enrollment for any workshop is insufficient, NUI Galway reserves the right to cancel or reschedule it. In such instances, registrants will be notified and the fee refunded.

 

Programme Administrator

Community Education

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway

Nuns' Island, Galway City

 

Phone: 091-495241

E-mail: community.ed@nuigalway.ie

 

 

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:

- Job Seekers Benefit

- Job Seekers Allowance

- One-Parent Family Allowance

- Disability Allowance

- Social Insurance Contribution Credits

- Community Employment Scheme

- Tús Scheme

 

Please contact the Programme Administrator directly for further information and a scholarship application form. Supporting documentation relating to the above eligibility categories will be required as part of your scholarship application (e.g. a letter from the Dept. of Social Protection).

Requirements and assessment

This workshop series is offered on a non-accredited basis, and successful participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance futher to their attendance at all sessions of a workshop topic.

 

Participants who opt to register for Continuing Education Credit will be required to submit an assignment and sit a short exam relating to the workshop topic in question.

Find out more

Programme Administrator

Community Education

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway

Nuns' Island, Galway City

 

Phone: 091-495241

E-mail: community.ed@nuigalway.ie

Fees for this course

The costs are as follows:

- €30 per individual participant per workshop (a reduced costing of €20 may apply for individuals providing evidence of specific Dept. of Social Protection payments - see section "Applications and selections" below); 

- €40 for two individuals from the same group/organisation per workshop.

 

Participants also have the option to register for Continuing Education Credit at the reduced rate of €150 per 5 ECTS (normal cost for same €330).