module specification

SW4008 - Social Context for Social Work (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Social Context for Social Work
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
40 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
170 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 80%   Essay
Group Presentation 20%   Group presentation
Running in 2021/22
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Morning

Module summary

The module aims are to:
• Introduce students to theories, contexts and policies within the social sciences and social work;
• Introduce key literature within the social sciences and social work;
• Examine the rationale for using social science knowledge as evidence to inform professional practice in a range of professional contexts;
• Introduce students to the different value bases in social sciences;
• Enable the students to recognise and apply AOP and ADP.
• Equip students with key academic and inter-personal skills
• Enhance the students understanding of reflective practice


Investigating social issues: an introduction to social science research and evidence informed practice  LO1

Sociological and social policy perspectives on equality, diversity, inclusion and anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice. LO2
Presentations on the equality act, which includes feedback on agreed criteria  LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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. Independent study will include personal reflection and reflective writing, inter-active workshops: collaborative problem-based learning, Weblearn, video materials & other online educational content.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Explain how sociological theories inform social work practice 
2. Discuss social welfare policy, its evolution, implementation and impact on people, professions and interagency working.
3. Practice oral and written communication skills and inter-personal skills including giving, receiving and acting on constructive feedback.

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy will include;

Sociology Essay  - consisting of 2000 words (awarded 80% of the total marks)
Group presentation - 20minutes per group (awarded 20% of the total marks)


Cunningham, J. and Cunningham, S. (2012) Social Policy and Social Work: An Introduction. Exeter: Learning Matters / Sage.
McDonough, B and Bustillos Morales, J (2016) Sociology and the Sociological Imagination: A Short Text. London: Premier Publishing
Wilkinson, R and Pickett, K (2010) The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone Harmondsworth: Penguin Books
Bochel, H. Bochel, C. Page, R & Sykes, R. (2009) Social Policy: Themes, Issues & Debates. Harlow: Pearson Education.
Cree, V.  (2010) Sociology for Social Workers & Probation Officers. New York: Routledge
Dickens, J. (2010) Social Work & Social Policy: an introduction. London: Routledge
On-line resources
British Journal of Sociology
Critical Social Policy
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Social research
Social Work Now