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CE951 Career Development Theories

Module leader: Phil McCash

This module aims to:

  1. Develop systematic knowledge and comprehensive understanding of classic and contemporary career development theories from a range of discipline areas.
  2. Develop confident and creative practice informed by key career development concepts.
  3. Develop innovative and effective practice appropriate to a range of relevant roles e.g. career-related one-to-one work, group work, employer liaison, online provision, management and marketing.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Systematically identify career development theories from a range of disciplines.
  2. Comprehensively distinguish key concepts within career development theories.
  3. Use career development theories to critically interpret case studies.
  4. Comprehensively deploy key concepts to analyse case studies.
  5. Use the knowledge listed above to creatively evaluate practice.
  6. Systematically apply the knowledge listed above to enhance practice.

Outline Syllabus
Origins and definitions of career development theory.
The facilitation of career development learning.
An integrative framework for interpreting career development (integrating a range of perspectives including cultural, educational, systems, social chronological, person-environment fit, life course development, relational, sociological, narrative, and psychodynamic theories)
Use of the above to systematically interpret case studies in conceptual terms.
Integration into existing and/or future working context.

Summary of teaching
30 hours of blended synchronous and asynchronous resources and intensive workshops and group tutorial in online and/or face-to-face format

Module timing and duration
Usually, this module runs twice a year in October and April.

The assignment consists of a 5000 word project (100%).

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