module specification

SH6053 - Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care 2 (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care 2
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 150
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Case study analysis
Running in 2020/21

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Morning

Module summary

 The aim of the module is to develop students’ awareness of current contemporary issues in health and social care and to facilitate an ability to critically evaluate the impact and importance of these issues for providers and service users, as well as service provision, professional development and wider health and social care environment.

The module aims  are to:
Provide students with a foundation for understanding and analysing contemporary health and wellbeing topics related to health and social care in the context of current policies and practices.
Enable students to identify public health policy issues arising out of political, economic, historical, cultural, social and technological changes.
Provide an understanding of the policy frameworks within which the cultural needs in relation to health and wellbeing are recognised and responded to.
Enable students to engage with the principles, organisation and the delivery of contemporary issues, sensitive services and meeting the unmet needs of diverse population.
Enable students to examine the usefulness and limits of different approaches, frameworks and   practical solutions to tackle health inequalities in relation to the particular contemporary health and wellbeing topic related to health and social care.
Enable students to examine the role of service providers, service users, policy makers, community groups, voluntary and statutory agencies in ensuring inclusive health and wellbeing of population.

Prior learning requirements

 Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care 1


 Some of the key areas include:
Change of society and main health and wellbeing issues and topics
(e.g. ageing, mental health and wellbeing, management of long-term conditions, obesity..etc)
Case studies on experiences of service users related to topics/issues
(issues diversity, cultural perceptions  and responses)
Attitudes towards contemporary issues (e.g. immigration, youth
unemployment, social services..etc.) and demand on the system
Working in partnership in health and social care and multispectral
response to complex needs
Continuity of care and integration of services
Empowering users of health and social care and share of
Consequences for provision of services (e.g. market economy,
privatisation, bureaucracy, regulation, rationalising the system, rationing and matrix
Accountability  mechanisms  and distribution of roles (policy makers,
service providers and service users)
Services planning, organising and provision; commissioning of services
Innovative approach to service delivery/new models of care
Integration of digital technologies in Health and Social Care
Addressing the issue of resources (workforce, financial) All LO1-5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will be delivered through a combination of:
1. Weekly lectures
2. Small group seminars
3. Interactive workshops (led by students)
4. Weblearn, video materials & other online educational content

A student centred approach will be adopted in teaching and learning on the module, relying on class discussions, reflections and expert inputs from external practitioners. Students active involvement will be encouraged through their personal reflection, review of case studies, reflection on personal experiences related to topics (mini case studies that they do) and an environment for interactive learning (e.g. use of Weblearn, problem solving and analysis of real issues). The module intends to capitalise on the diverse background of the student population in analysing live issues in small group seminars – which is expected to help students’ engagement and strengthen their reflective learning).

Enquiry based learning and problem based learning will be used to help students to comprehend theoretical concepts. Students will be required to engage continuously and constructively with the module. In strengthening skills of reflection, students will need to be able to make judgements about their own progress and use the assessment guidance and criteria in this process and feedback from staff.

Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key health and wellbeing issues and current debates on contemporary topics related to health and social care.
2. Identify and demonstrate comprehensive analysis of socio-economic, political and cultural factors which influence health and wellbeing  in health and social care
3. Critically appraise evidence based knowledge to analyse the complex experiences of diverse population groups and the impact it has on their lives and society in relation to relevant topics.
4. Analyse the perspectives, impact and implications of contemporary health and social care issues have on the development and provision of integrated services to cater for diverse needs of population groups.
5. Debate and develop implications on policy and practice initiatives in and across contemporary (integrated) health and social care contexts

Assessment strategy

 Considering that number of topic will be covered during the module, students will be asked to write their coursework on a particular topic of their choice. They will be asked to review the contemporary publications and choose a case study relate to a particular topic. Students will present their ideas on the case studies on weekly workshops and receive formative feedback from tutors and peers.

Summative assessment
3,500 words analysis of the chosen topic: including a case study, issues related to the case, service provision and policy implications (LO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5).



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