2019/20 Part-time Undergraduate Short course and CPD
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences
26 April 2020
4 May 2020
1 June 2020
For full instructions on how to apply for postgraduate short courses, please contact the Centre for Flexible and Continuing Education - FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk
Does your organistion have a Human Trafficking Policy? Learn how to take steps to ensure you aren't being used in the modern slavery supply chain.
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This module is offered in prtnership with Chenega Europe.
The Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime (also know as the Palermo Protocol) is the internationally accepted definition of human trafficking.
The Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery course will examine all aspects of the Palermo Protocol, examining in detail what criminals do to in order to trap the victim, the means by which they do this and for what purpose. The course will provide the participant with a comprehensive understanding of the scope of the human trafficking problem, both domestically and globally.
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Extensive global market research in the area of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery has identified a gap for accredited training. The subject has attracted a great deal of media interest, however, there is limited academic and government response. Given that within the Human Rights Act 'protection from slavery' is an absolute right, it makes it all the more surprising that learning has not been developed to a more effective standard.
"Article 4 of the Human Rights Act protects us from being held in slavery or servitude. This ban is absolute and can never be justified. Although the slave trade was abolished centuries ago, modern day slavery persists."
All governments and organisations should have an appetite to combat and raise awareness of this heinous crime. Failure to act can have an extremely detrimental effect not only for victims, but from a reputational or image harm point of view. As a consequence, governments and service industries should be showing a greater awareness of the problem especially if we consider that those trafficked inevitably must come into contact with transport systems as well as housing and hotel sectors. A recent Times newspaper investigation highlighted that slavery was to be found in the supply chain for all top UK supermarkets. Add to this those countries such as the USA who have an ongoing battle along their borders with criminals seeking to exploit the vulnerable by moving them into various types of servitude. Regions of the world experiencing conflict see vast amounts of dispersed people who, in seeking a better life, can also fall into the hands of traffickers.
This course aims to:
The course explores a number of key areas including:
Students will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the context for the course in advance of the course starting. This will be in the form of guided reading and video content on Blackboard Learn. This guided approach will allow the students to come to the course with an understanding of the wider operating environment and maximise learning opportunities within lectures and practical sessions.
Practical exercises will help students develop their knowledge and understanding of the current best practice in Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Students will be expected to be ready to contribute to class discussions; to engage in constructive debate; provide good analysis supported by evidence or experience; and to put forward useful arguments that are expressed coherently and succinctly.
This undergraduate short course sits within the Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), which lets you study a variety of accredited modules (from 5 to 20 credits), regardless of your previous qualifications or experience.
CPPD modules are totally flexible study as many or as few as you want, with no time limit. Once you've accumulated 60 credits, you will be awarded an Undergraduate Certificate in Personal and Professional Development from the University.
Of course, the modules can also be studied as standalone courses.
Course is delivered in a fully online mode using the Blackboard VLE.
This course is open for direct application. There are no prior qualifications required, but we would suggest that applicants can provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE English Language grades A-C or equivalent)
International applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University, which is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.
The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.
Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:
As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.
Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.
The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.
Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.
Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.
Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.
Calculation of the Final Award
The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).
Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.
All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
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Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
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Please contact FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk for enquiries or to apply for this course.
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