Social Work with Adults - SO724

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Medway Spring
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5 15 (7.5) PROF AJ Milne

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

The overall aim of the module is to equip students with the knowledge and understanding required for them to function effectively as social workers in the context of adult social care settings. This might include working with older people, people with a physical or learning disability, or people from all of these groups. The module will enable them to appreciate the impact of injustice, social inequalities and oppressive social relations on the lives of adult service users. It should enable them to critically analyse and evaluate key concepts such as ‘care’ and ‘risk’ in adult services, and demonstrate the knowledge necessary for them to design and implement effective social work interventions with service users

The module equips students with knowledge of the main types, indicators and patterns of incidence of abuse affecting adult service users, including discriminatory abuse. This includes guidance on how they can plan appropriate strategies for protecting vulnerable adults whilst remaining aware of the potential for defensive practice in adopting a ‘risk-minimising’ approach. Through group work and seminar discussions, student will demonstrate their capacity for effective and appropriate communication with others.

In this module, a critical understanding of different models of disability including individual/medical and social models and an awareness of ageism and how ‘old age’ is socially constructed will be discussed. The concepts of personalisation and person-centred practice and how these relate to processes of self-directed support and individual budgets as ways of delivering services will be outlined. Terms such as ‘learning disability’, ‘physical disability’ and forms of chronic illness with awareness of key diagnostic and descriptive categories/labels, their potentially problematic nature and their action in mobilising particular service responses will be examined.
The practical and emotional support needs of carers and the complexity of the social work role in relation to them, including understanding of the contested nature of the concepts of ‘care’ and ‘caring’ will be explored. The key procedures involved in safeguarding/adult protection and the role of the social worker in this context including awareness of the importance of balancing rights with risk in decision-making in working with ‘vulnerable adults’ will be covered as a core area in this field. Knowledge of the main legal and professional responsibilities of a qualified social worker, including the key legislative systems and guidance they are expected to use, and awareness of the changing role of social work in adult services

Method of assessment

The assessment for this module will comprise 100% coursework consisting of the following:

An Assignment: One long essay of not more than 3,500 words will be required, counting for 80% of the overall module assessment
An In Class Law Test: comprising a two-hour test contributing 20% of the overall module assessment
The assessed work for this module will encourage students to gather and evaluate library and web-based resources appropriate for intermediate level degree study, and integrate a range of theoretical perspectives and evidence from research in order to construct a coherent argument in writing.

Preliminary reading

Bytheway, B., Bacigalupo, V., Bornat, J., Johnson, J., & Spurr, S. (2002) Understanding Care, Welfare and Community, London: Routledge.
Cambridge, P and Carnaby, S (Eds). (2005) Person Centred Planning and Care Management with People with Learning Disabilities, London: JKP.

Lymbery, M (2005) Social Work with Older People, London: Sage

Ray, M., Bernard, M and Phillips, J (2008) Critical Issues in Social Work with Older People, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan
Ryan, T & Pritchard, J (2004) Good Practice in Adult Mental Health, London: JKP
Sharkey, P (2007) The Essentials of Community Care, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan
Swain, J, French, S, Thomas, C, Barnes, C (2004) Disabling Barriers, Enabling Environments, London: Sage

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The assessment for this module will comprise 100% coursework consisting of the following:

An Assignment: One long essay of not more than 3,500 words will be required, counting for 80% of the overall module assessment (to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes 11.1-11.8; 12.1-12.4).
An In Class Law Test: comprising a two-hour test contributing 20% of the overall module assessment (the In Class Law Test primarily demonstrates the achievement of learning outcome 11.9, however it also contributes to demonstrating the achievement of learning outcomes 11.1, 11.2, 11.4, 11.6, 11.7, and 11.8).
The assessed work for this module will encourage students to gather and evaluate library and web-based resources appropriate for intermediate level degree study, and integrate a range of theoretical perspectives and evidence from research in order to construct a coherent argument in writing.

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