Students will attend placement for a period in line with the requirements of the professional regulator and carry out direct work with service-users in a social work or social care environment. They will develop skills, knowledge and values through experiential learning. They will be supervised by either an on-site or off-site practice educator.
By the end of the first placement students should demonstrate effective use of knowledge, skills and commitment to core values in Social Work in a given setting in predominantly less complex situations, with supervision and support. They will have demonstrated capacity to work with people and situations where there may not be simple clear-cut solutions.
Total contact hours: 18
Private study hours: 420 (to include direct practice hours as directed by the social work regulator)
Total study hours: 438
BA (Hons.) Social Work – compulsory module
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
Coursework – practice assessment portfolio – Pass / Fail - 100%
Recommended reading will include:
Banks, S. (2012) Ethics and Values in Social Work, 4th ed., Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Maclean, S. & Harrison, R. (2011) Theory & Practice, A Straightforward Guide for Social Work Students 2nd Edition, Litchfield: Kirwin Maclean Associates
Maclean S. & Harrison R. (2009) Making the Most of Your Practice Learning Opportunities, Rugeley: Kirwin Maclean Associates
Parker, J. (2017) Social Work Practice: Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review, 5th ed., Los Angeles: Learning Matters Ltd
Thompson, N. (2006) Anti Discriminatory Practice 4th ed., Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
See the library reading list for this module (Medway)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
8.1 Social work services, service users and carers; the service delivery context; and the nature of social work practice.
8.2 Theories and models for social work intervention with individuals, families, groups and communities, and the methods derived from them
8.3 The nature, definition, development and application of relevant values and philosophical ethical principles.
8.4 The principles of rights, justice and economic well-being and their significance for social work practice.
8.5 The relevance of research from psychological, environmental, sociological, economic and physiological perspectives for understanding the impact of a range of factors on personal and social development and functioning including spiritual and cultural factors.
8.6 Human growth and development across the lifespan including mental health, disability and needs arising from age-related ill health and disadvantage.
8.7 The legal and policy framework for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities including critical understanding of the scope for professional judgement.
8.8 The impact of injustice, social inequalities, policies and other issues which affect the demand for social work services
8.9 Concepts of participation, advocacy, empowerment, partnership working, including working with service users and carers, and information sharing across professional disciplines and agencies
8.10 The relevance of sociological perspectives to understanding societal and structural influences on human behaviour
The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate effective communication skills by organising information clearly and coherently, responding to written sources and adapting style for different audiences.
9.2 Work with others by interacting with external contacts and resolving conflict.
9.3 Improve their learning and performance by exploring personal strengths and weaknesses, setting personal development targets and developing specialist learning skills
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