SW4008 - Social Context for Social Work (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Social Context for Social Work|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Social Professions|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module provides an introduction to social theories, social constructs and social policy to enable students to contextualise social work practice within a broad social science framework. The investigation of the ‘social’ will provide students with an introduction to social science research as a basis for evidence informed practice.
The module aims are to:
- introduce students to theories, contexts and policies within the social sciences.
- introduce key methods of investigation and research within the social sciences
- examine the rationale for using social science knowledge as evidence to inform social work practice
- introduce students to the different value bases in social sciences
- equip students with key academic and inter-personal skills
• Investigating social issues: an introduction to social science research and evidence informed practice
• Exploring the concept of social discourse
• Sociological theories of race, ethnicity, gender, age, class, disability & sexual orientation
• Sociological understandings of inclusion ,power dynamics and oppression in professional contexts
• Structural approaches to understanding social problems
• Integrative approaches to the social science imagination
• Social constructs and contexts
• Social policy: its evolution, implementation and impact on people, professions and interagency working
• Globalisation and social policy
• Comparative social policy perspectives including European and International contexts
• Sociological and social policy perspectives on equality, diversity, inclusion and anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice
Learning and teaching
Students’ learning will be developed through their engagement with a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, small group learning, case-study analysis, personal reflection and reflective writing, inter-active workshops: collaborative problem-based learning, Weblearn, video materials & other online educational content
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- Explain how social theories inform social work practice
- Discuss social welfare policy, its evolution, implementation and impact on people, professions and interagency working
- Explain how social research informs and develops social theory and policy
- Explain how values inform social theory and social policy and social work practice
- Locate, retrieve and evaluate literature and on-line educational resources relevant to social work contexts
- Present research-based information using information technology
- Practise oral and written communication skills and inter-personal skills including giving, receiving and acting on constructive feedback
The assessment strategy will include formative assessment in week two. Two summative assessments one in week 7 and the second in week 28.
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