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Undergraduate Course: Understanding Care and Control in Social Work (UG) (SCWR10029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryBuilding on the previous course, 'Social Work in Communities', the focus here shifts from assessment to intervention in social work, exploring ways in which we might engage with others to bring about change in their lives. There will be an underpinning acceptance that intervention in the current context and climate is complex and multi-layered. Social workers must be able to work in different registers and through different levels of engagement. The course will bring understanding to these issues, and help students to begin to develop an understanding of what the social work role is in an ever-shifting economic, political and cultural setting.
Course description There will be three EAL groups and one social work theory and methods group each week. Blocks of time will also be allocated for students to undertake weekly fieldwork activities. There will also be formal lectures on law, continuity and change, care and control, capacity and coercion, collaboration and working with others, carer and user movements, ethics and codes of practice and social work skills.

Lectures and Groupwork
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 24, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be formally assessed by different means: a group presentation 10%, 10% for tutorial attendance and a written assignment 80%. Students are required to pass the essay component and to pass the course overall.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. critically analyse the statutory framework governing social work practice across a range of service user groups.
  2. critically analysehe legal requirements relating to the rights of citizens and data protection.
  3. critically analyse the complex relationship between care, control and justice in social welfare and their practical and ethical implications ( including issues of equality and diversity).
Reading List
Indicative Reading :
Barnard, A., Horner, N. and Wild, J. (2008) The Value Base of Social Work & Social Care, Maidenhead, Berkshire: OU Press/McGraw Hill.
Beresford, P. (2000) Service users' knowledges and social work theory: conflict or collaboration? Br. J. Soc. Work, Aug 2000; 30: 489 - 503.
Bowles, W., Colllingridge, M., Curry, S. and Valentine, B. (2006) Ethical Practice in Social Work. An Applied Approach, Maidenhead, Berkshire: OU Press/McGraw Hill.
Clark, C. (2001) Adult Day Services and Social Inclusion: Better Days, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Clark, C. (2000) Social Work Ethics: Politics, Principles and Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Cree, V.E. and Myers, S. (2008) Social Work: Making a Difference, Bristol: Policy Press/BASW.
Cree, V.E. and Davis, A. (2007) Social Work: Voices from the Inside, London, Routledge.
Cree, V.E. (2007) 'Social Work and Society', in Davies, M. (ed.) Blackwell Companion to Social Work, Third edition, Oxford, Blackwell.
Cree, V.E. (ed) (2003) Becoming a Social Worker, London, Routledge.
Davies, C., Finlay, L. and Bullman, A. (200) Changing Practice in Health and Social Care, London: Sage.
Doel, M. and Best, L. (2008) Experiencing Social Work. Learning from Service Users, London: Sage.
Farmakopoulou, N. (2002) What Lies Underneath? An Inter-organizational Analysis of Collaboration between Education and Social Work, Br. J. Soc. Work, Dec 2002; 32: 1051 - 1066.
Lethard, A. (2003) Interprofessional Collaboration: From Policy to Practice in Health and Social Care, Hove, Brunner-Routledge,
Gray, M. and Webb, S.A. (2009) Social Work Theories and Methods, London: Sage.
Hunter, S. and Curtice, L. (2008) 'Working with Adults with Incapacity' in C. Clark & J. McGhee (eds.) Private and Confidential: Handling Personal Information in Social and Health Services.(191-209). Bristol: Policy Press.
Hunter, S. and Ritchie, P. (2007) 'With, Not To: Models of Co-production in Social Welfare' in S. Hunter & P. Ritchie (eds.) Co-production and Personalisation in Social Care. Research Highlights, 49. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Morris, K. (2008) Social Work and Multi-agency Working, Bristol: Policy Press/BASW.
Nicholas, E. (2003) An Outcomes Focus in Carer Assessment and Review: Value and Challenge, Br. J. Soc. Work, 33: 31 - 47.
Reynolds, J. (2007) Discourses of Inter-Professionalism, Br. J. Soc. Work, April 2007; 37: 441 - 457.
Richardson, S. and Asthana, S. (2006) Inter-agency Information Sharing in Health and Social Care Services: The Role of Professional Culture
Br. J. Soc. Work, 36: 657 - 669.
Trotter, C. (2006) Working with Involuntary Clients, 2nd edition, London: Allen & Unwin/Sage.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills o oral communication skills
o written communication skills
o oral and visual presentation skills
o independent learning
o teamwork
o interpersonal skills: engagement, empathy, tolerance and open-
mindedness, negotiation
o problem formulation and solving
o information retrieval and research skills
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Course organiserMs Jan Mcclory
Tel: (0131 6)51 3870
Course secretaryMiss Emma Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3060
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