Community Wellbeing







15 Weeks


Part time - 30 Credit



Course leader

Brenda Munro


in partnership with MDX Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowThis module has been designed to enable the student to consider and develop their understanding of the wider aspects of community wellbeing. This will include the social, economic, environmental, cultural and political conditions that individuals and their communities have identified as essential components for them to learn, flourish and maximize their fullest potential and wellbeing. Community could be defined by geographical location, race, ethnicity, age, occupation or shared interest or affinity (NICE 2016).  Students will identify a specific community within their area of practice to study. This will be agreed with the module lead at the start of the module.

This module is quality assured by Middlesex University and the student will receive a Middlesex University award on successful completion.

Course content

Module aims:
The aim of this module is for students to consider the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental factors that affect the wellbeing of a community and the impact that this may have on the individuals living within that community.

Knowledge (understanding):

  1. Critically analyse the impact of social, economic, political, cultural and environmental factors on a community and individuals within that community
  2. Critically evaluate the services and organisations that impact on community wellbeing
  3. Critically review partnership working within the community setting
  4. Critically evaluate the theories and practices associated with community wellbeing

Skills (competencies):

Develop a service improvement plan for an identified area of community wellbeing


The student will have the opportunity to explore the following

  • Models of community wellbeing
  • Bronfenbenner ecological systems theory
  • Systems Theory and Systemic Practice
  • Social equality
  • Cultural visibility
  • Social determinants of health
  • Public health and social policy and strategic alignment
  • Partnership approaches and collaborative working including asset-based approaches
  • Empowerment models
  • Communication with stakeholders


The students will undertake 300 hours of independent and facilitated learning over one semester of 15 weeks.
Our pedagogical approach, aligned to Universal Design for Learning (CAST 2018), is to offer a range of teaching and learning experience to enable deep learning and mastery of the subject. Using a blended learning multimedia approach, teaching content will be available using technology such as videos, narrated PowerPoints and podcasts through the Institute’s Learning Pod. Knowledge and understanding, as well as application to the student’s area of practice, will be developed through a range of teaching methods suited to the module content. Formative assessment using methods such as peer review, peer teaching, engagement in online discussion forums and seminars will consolidate learning and prepare students for their summative assessments

There will be embedded sessions to address the expectations of studying at Masters level for all students who are new to this level of study, which will also be available to continuing students, as well as access to additional optional study skills sessions, both online and workshop based.

Assessment methods:
Task 1:
Option 1:
A 2500 word critical audit of the key influences on an identified local community and the existing practices and partnership working including the statutory and voluntary agencies.
Option 2:
20 minute digital presentation critically evaluating the key influences on an identified local community and the existing practices and partnership working including the statutory and voluntary agencies.

40% % of total module mark (outcomes 1,2,3)

Task 2:
A 3500 word evidence-based service improvement plan for an identified area of community wellbeing.
60% of total module mark (outcomes 1,4,5)

Entry requirements

Students accessing this programme will normally hold a relevant first degree (2:2 or above). Consideration will be given to applicants who have extensive experience and can demonstrate that they have the equivalent 'graduate level' skills by virtue of this experience. These individuals will be able to seek alternative entry through the accreditation of prior learning process. International students must demonstrate competence in English language through IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Funding may be available for States of Guernsey employees. Please discuss with your manager. 


This module will support students to lead change within the community setting and take on leadership roles within this area

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