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

Undergraduate Course: Professional Practice in Social Work 1 (UG) (SCWR10030)

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)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20

The course comprises of a Practice Placement including the submission of the Practice Teacher's final report, the student's self-evaluation of practice and a Practice Study.

Course description A practice placement of 70 days will provide students with opportunity for direct supervised practice in an agency providing social work services supported by a Practice Teacher appointed by the agency to teach and assess the student. Practice will be in a broad range of settings ensuring that skill development and the integration of knowledge in informing practice is the focus for learning.

The opportunity for service users to give feedback on their experience of receiving help from the student will be incorporated in the practice learning model. Students will be encouraged to learn from a range of professionals in other fields and to begin to understand the importance of working together. The student will be supported by the involvement of a university tutor.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must hold a current PVG and pass Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection and Preparedness for Practice requirements in order to be eligible to proceed to placement.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 8, External Visit Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Placement Study Abroad Hours 361, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 20 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The three components of assessment include:

1. Student Self Evaluation of Development of Learning on Placement (3000 words) - 50%

2. Practice Teacher's Placement Final Report - Pass/Fail

3. Practice Study (3000 words) 50%

All three components must be passed to pass the course.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Successfully complete a 10 day Observational Placement, meet the Key Capabilities requirements and successfully ccomplete a 70 day Practice Placement meeting the required SiSWE standards
  2. demonstrate the ability to integrate relevant research, theory, policy and law pertinent to assessment and intervention in the practice situation
  3. demonstrate the ability to analyse their practice including discussion of the selected method(s) of intervention, skills utilised, discussion of related ethical and values issues and the development of relations with service user(s)/carers
  4. demonstrate the ability to evaluate their intervention in the practice situation including reflection on their skill development, their achievements in the practice situation, relations with service users/carers and other professionals, and areas for future development.
Reading List
Barnard, A., Horner, N. and Wild, J. (2008) The Value Base of Social Work & Social Care, Maidenhead, Berkshire: OU Press/McGraw Hill
Bower, M. (2005) Psychoanalytic Theory for Social Work Practice. Abingdon, Routledge
Clark, C. (2000) Social Work Ethics: Politics, Principles and Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Clark, C & McGhee, J.(eds) (2008) Private and Confidential: Handling personal information in the social and health services. Bristol: Policy Press
Coulshed, V. and Orme, J. (2006) Social Work Practice. An Introduction. 4th Edition 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.
Doel, M. and Best, L. (2008) Experiencing Social Work. Learning from Service Users, London: Sage.
Dominelli, L. and Payne, M (eds) (2002) Social Work Themes, Issues and Critical Debates.( 92nd edition) Basingstoke. Palgrave.
Ferguson, I. (2008) Reclaiming social work: Challenging neo-liberalism and promoting social justice, London: Sage Publications.
Fook J (2007). Reflective Practice and Critical Reflection. In: Lishman, J. (ed.), Handbook of Theory for Practice Teachers: A New Updated Edition. Jessica Kingsley, London
Gray, M and Webb, S.A. (2009) Social Work Theories and Methods, London: Sage.
Lishman, J. (ed) (2007) Handbook for Practice Learning in Social Work and Social Care. Knowledge and Theory. (2nd edition) London. Jessica Kingsley.
Lymbery M (ed), Social Work: A Companion for Learning. Sage, London
Parker, J (2004) Effective Practice Learning in Social Work, London: Learning Matters
Payne, M. (2005) Modern Social Work Theory. Basingstoke. Palgrave. MacMillan
Watson, D. and West, J. (2006) Social Work Process and Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Taylor, C. and White, S. (2000) Practising reflexivity in health and welfare Buckingham: Open University Press.
Thompson, N (2009) Practising Social Work: Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
Webb, S. (2006) Social work in a risk society: Social and political perspectives, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Facilitated Meetings with Service Users will be arranged in Semester 1.

A 10 day Observational Placement will normally take place in Semester 1, weeks 11- 12.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Avril McIvor
Tel: (0131 6)51 1486
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001
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