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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Social Work

Undergraduate Course: Working and Relating: Developing Your People Skills (SCWR08007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course emphasises the importance of developing positive and respectful working relationships. This course will be an introduction to the skills and principles involved when working with people, in a voluntary or paid capacity. It is a requirement that students have work experience to draw upon.
Course description The bulk of teaching and learning will take place in tutorials. The focus will be on the practical work experiences that the students bring and the tutorial discussion analysising those experiences. During the tutorials students will be encouraged to engage in reflection upon their own and others work experience. Skill development will take place through participation in group learning, based around presentations and discussion. Course reading and a weekly lecture will provide the theoretical underpinning to learning. Students will be expected to have current or very recent work experieince in any voluntary or paid capacity. For non-social work students this does NOT need to be in a social work or social care setting. Social Work students ARE required to have current relevant social work or social care experience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  66
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Presentation within the tutorial (10%); Tutorial Participation (10%); Essay (80%). The essay component must be passed in order to pass the overall course.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be able to evaluate their own interpersonal skill.
  2. Articulate key values underpinning contact and work with individuals.

    Understand and demonstrate the basic tenets of effective communication and dialogue.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with underpinning theory.

    Know how to read, interpret, and analyse different types of communication.
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with regards to the importance of body language.

    Recognise the special circumstances of working with children and older people.
  5. Recognise the special circumstances of working with people with disabilities and sign language.

    Have awareness of the importance of responding to challenging behaviour and communication.

    Understand the cross-cultural elements of communication.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography:

Berne, E. (1998) Games People Play: the Psychology of Human Relations

Goffman, E. (1959) The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Honey, P. (2001) Improve Your People Skills

Thompson, N. (2009) People Skills

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 lecture and 2 tutorials per week for 10 weeks
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Ruth Forbes
Tel: (0131 6)51 1485
Course secretaryMr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925
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