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Postgraduate Course: Social Work in Communities (SCWR11039)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
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 different orientations towards social work practice.
An Enquiry Action Learning (EAL) approach is used, which requires students to research a particular community and to interview a series of key informants who live and work in the community about its features and characteristics. The EAL method also requires them to 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.
Course description Indicative Content:

Week One: History of Social Work, Social Work Contexts e.g children and families, community care, criminal justice, group car, Social Work Theories ┐ how people change e.g psychodynamic, behaviourist, systems ┐

Week Two: What is community? Community social work, Social capital
Housing, changing demographics ┐ e.g immigrants, asylum seekers

Week Three The Welfare State, Welfare Law, Welfare rights, Ethics ┐ the individual and society

Week Four: Poverty and Inequality, Drugs and substance misuse, Crime

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  90
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 24, Fieldwork Hours 3, Other Study Hours 55, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There are two components to assessment:
Students (in EAL groups) are required to make a poster depicting the features and characteristics of a particular identified community and to use this as the basis of a group presentation (20%).
A community profile of an identified community (3000 words)
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Draw upon a range of sources and strategies to identify and reflect upon the history, demographics and characteristics of an identified community, including issues such as poverty, unemployment, substance misuse, racism, age and disability;
  2. Identify and reflect upon the range of services/resources that exist in communities, the professionals who service these and the purposes they serve;
  3. Critically analyse the social work role in responding to community need and building upon community strengths
Reading List
Indicative Reading:
The Report of the 21st Century Social Work Review

Adams, R., Dominelli, L. and Payne, M. (eds) (2002) Critical Practice in Social Work, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Cree, V.E. (2010) Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers, 2nd edition, London, Routledge.

Cree, V.E. (ed.) (2010) Social Work A Reader, London, Routledge.

Ferguson, I. and Woodward, R. (2009) Radical Social Work in Practice. Making a Difference, Bristol: Policy Press.

Hawtin, M. and Percy-Smith, J. (2007) Community Profiling: A practical guide. 2nd edition. Maidenhead: OUP

Mantle, G. and Backwith, D. (2010) ┐Poverty and Social Work┐, British Journal of Social Work: 1┐18, Advance Access doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcq068/
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Viviene Cree
Tel: (0131 6)50 3927
Course secretaryMiss Lizzie Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3079
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