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Course summary

How can we truly belong in a global community? On this innovative MASc degree students will cross disciplines to explore what it means to create purposeful change within local and global communities. Students will have the flexibility to shape the course around their own interests and career goals, while developing their research skills and expertise in community engagement. Course overview This taught MASc in Community, Engagement, and Belonging is offered by the Liberal Arts Department in partnership with the Warwick Institute of Engagement. This unique, transdisciplinary course is designed to help students develop as future intellectual leaders, bringing together sites of knowledge creation (such as universities, think tanks, and industry) and global communities. The core modules on this course focus on the value of building and enhancing partnerships with community organisations. They will help students to critically reflect on where, why, and how to bridge the gap between knowledge creation and communities, creating spaces for dialogue and innovation. Crucially, the core modules offer the methodological and theoretical grounding for in-depth research. This course also offers students the freedom to choose optional modules from across the University, enabling students to tailor the degree to suit their own intellectual passions, interests, and ambitions. In the Liberal Arts Department, we have extensive experience and resources in place to help students find modules from across the University that align with the issues of community engagement that matter to them most. This course culminates in an intensive project focused on the creation of original, evidence-based, interdisciplinary, and embedded knowledge; students can choose either a Research Dissertation or a Community-Based Learning Dissertation. This flexibility empowers students to develop a project most aligned to their intellectual interests and/or career goals. The Research Dissertation allows students to use interdisciplinary approaches to produce original knowledge in a topic or case study related to Community, Engagement, and/or Belonging from any period or area. The Community-Based Learning Dissertation focuses on critical engagement with embedded knowledge in the form of a community project, undertaken with a community partner. If students choose this option, they will also be supported by our dedicated Employability and Placement Manager and ​will have the opportunity to apply for an experienced mentor from the Warwick Institute of Engagement. In both cases, students will have a dedicated dissertation supervisor assigned to them in the Liberal Arts department who will mentor them and help their project reach its full potential. Graduates from this course will emerge as leaders in interdisciplinary community engagement. They will take their next steps with a deeper understanding and broader appreciation of the value of making a difference in local and regional communities.


Core modules The core modules on this course will allow students to come to their own understanding of how we belong in our communities, how to conduct meaningful research around topics related to community engagement, and critically reflect on the duties and responsibilities that we all share both as creators of knowledge and members of overlapping communities. The civic focus of this degree will empower students to think in a rigorous, evidence-based, interdisciplinary manner to transform our complex world. Term One

  • The Good Life: Flourishing and Belonging within Communities
  • Creating Knowledge for Change: Foundations of Transdisciplinary Approaches
  • Theory and Practice for Community Engagement
Term Two
  • The Good Life: Flourishing and Belonging within Communities
Term Three Choose one of two intensive knowledge-creation projects, to suit your intellectual passions and career aspirations:
  • Research Dissertation
  • Community-Based Learning Dissertation
Optional modules In Term Two, students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of optional modules both within the School for Cross-faculty Studies and across other departments. This flexibility will enable students to tailor their degree to their own intellectual passions, interests, and/or career goals. Staff in the Liberal Arts Department have extensive expertise in helping students choose the best optional modules to design a unique degree that suits their interests and students on this degree will benefit from such bespoke support throughout. Students who opt for the Community-Based Learning Dissertation will be encouraged to consider the Warwick Institute of Engagement’s intensive postgraduate module on Public Engagement as one of their optional modules ​(dependent on availability). Example optional modules from across the University may include:
  • Popular Movements and Sustainable Change
  • Sustainable Urbanisation: from Risk to Resilience
  • Care-ful Sustainability: Place, Culture and Value
  • Critical Perspectives on business and global sustainable development
  • Topics in Philosophy and the Arts
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Cultural Organisations
  • Socially Engaged Performance: Interventions and Provocations
  • Fundamentals of World Literature
  • Critical Theory, Culture, Resistance
  • Education and Society
  • Leading Educational Change and Improvement
  • Civil Society and Activism
  • Global Law and Politics
  • Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture
Please note, optional modules are subject to availability and offerings may change each year to keep students’ learning experience current and up to date. Students will also need to discuss their optional module choices with their personal tutor and receive approval from the Director of Graduate Studies in the Liberal Arts Department.

Assessment method

Students on this course will be assessed by a variety of methods, linked to practical applications. All assessments in modules offered by the School for Cross-faculty Studies link to practical applications. In these modules, students will complete formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments will include discussion circles mirroring professional discussions in the working world. In the summative assessments, students will have the opportunity to show subject expertise, while continuing to develop process skills.

Entry requirements

**Minimum requirements** 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent). We welcome students from different backgrounds and experiences, and particularly those with a strong interest in community engagement and studying across disciplines. In certain circumstances, we will consider applicants with a lower second-class honours degree, or a normal degree (and their equivalents). This is particularly the case for applicants with relevant professional experience which can be explicitly and directly related to our curriculum. **English language requirements** You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following: - Band B - Overall IELTS (Academic, UKVI or Online) score of 7.0 and minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above. **International qualifications** We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page. **Additional requirements** There are no additional requirements for this course.

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Community, Engagement, and Belonging at University of Warwick - UCAS