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

Postgraduate Course: Social Work in Communities (PG) (SCWR10025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is intended to familiarise students with the range of communities and contexts in which social work is practised and to introduce them to a range of methods of practising social work. The focus is on social work=s broad welfare role and will include themes of assessment, early intervention, prevention, resilience and capacity building in both individuals and communities.
An Enquiry Action Learning approach is used in which students work together in small groups in order to ?grow= their professional knowledge and understanding. This is designed to enhance problem solving skills and knowledge of the theory, skills and values of social work in its different contexts.
The EA Learning group work, together with practice orientation and assignment tasks, is supported by teaching and learning around particular strands: Law; Ethics; Services and Policy Context; Development across the Lifespan; Health and Illness; and Skills Theories and Methods A diagram depicting the various ?strands= or components parts of this course and their inter-relationship can be found after the learning outcomes
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course students should be able to:

! Identify the history, demographics and characteristics of an identified community, including issues such as poverty, unemployment, racism and disability;

! Identify the range of need expressed by and attributed to the people who use services and their carers and the social processes by which such needs become defined and acted upon;

! Develop your understanding of a range of models and methods of assessment in different practice contexts;

! Assess human situations across the lifespan taking account of a number of factors including the views of those involved, theoretical concepts, research evidence, legislation and organisational policies and procedures;

! Identify the range of services/resources that exist in communities and the purposes they serve, taking account of legal and other duties;

! Make effective contact with individuals and organisations to gain information about the needs and strengths of communities;

! Contribute to each other=s learning through allocating tasks and gathering and presenting information.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 6 hours lectures per week for 10 weeks plus 4 hours per week in group work.
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Course organiserMr Mark Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4637
Course secretaryMiss Lizzie Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3079
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