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

Undergraduate Course: Working with Risk, trust and Complexity (UG) (SCWR10032)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryPLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS ONLY FOR STUDENTS ON THE BSC SOCIAL WORK DEGREE PROGRAMME

This course is taught using a variety of teaching and learning approaches including lectures and small groups. The course builds on previous teaching on the theory, skills and values of social work in its different contexts and takes it into the more complex areas of social work, in Scotland and beyond. This will be done through teaching and learning on subjects which will include risk, risk assessment and management, trust and need, boundaries and responsibilities, abuse and protection, ethics and values, support and empowerment of service users across a range of service user groups.
Course description Lectures, groupwork and tutorials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must have passed all Year 3 courses.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 35, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 29, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 326 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed by different means:

4,000 word essay (80%)
Group Presentation (20%)- In which participation in planning and presentation will form the basis of assessment.

Students are required to pass both components to pass the course.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and evaluate the complex relationships between risk, trust and need in social work and social care
  2. Describe and evaluate the tensions between competing values, rights, needs and responsibilities in making assessments and delivering interventions to a diverse group of service users
  3. Describe and evaluate the contested nature of social work within its wider political and global context
  4. Describe and evaluate the nature, characteristics and boundaries of professional activity and judgement in an uncertain and changing policy and practice arena
Reading List
Adams, R. (2009) ┐Encountering complexity and uncertainty┐, in Adams, R., Dominelli, L. and Payne, M. (eds) (2009) Practising Social Work in a Complex World, 2nd edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: 15-33.

Connolly, M. (2017). Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Child Protection: Current Debates and New Directions. London: Palgrave.

Mitchell, W., & Glendinning, C. (2008). Risk and adult social care: Identification, management and new policies. What does UK research evidence tell us? Health, Risk and Society, 10(3), 297-315.

Munro, E. (2005). A systems approach to investigating child abuse deaths. British Journal of Social Work, 35 (4), 531┐546.

Smith, C. (2005). Understanding trust and confidence: Two paradigms and their significance for health and social care. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 22 (3), 299┐316.

Stalker, K. (2003). Managing risk and uncertainty in social work: A literature review. Journal of Social Work, 3 (2), 211┐233.

Stanford, S., Sharland, E., Heller, N. R., Warner, J. (2017). Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health Policy and Practice. London: Palgrave.

Stevens, I and Cox, P (2008) ┐Complexity Theory: Developing New Understandings of Child Protection in Field Settings and in Residential Child Care┐, British Journal of Social Work 38(7): 1320-1336.

Trotter, C., McIvor, G. and McNeill, F. (Eds) (2016). Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Criminal Justice. London: Palgrave.

Vincent, S. (2009) Child Death and Serious Case Review Processes in the UK, Briefing 5, Edinburgh: CLCP, The University of Edinburgh, Available at https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/files/13351446/K200902.pdf

Webb, S.A. (2006) Social Work in a Risk Society. Social and Political Perspectives, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Lectures and Groups
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Steve Kirkwood
Tel: (0131 6)50 6646
Email: s.kirkwood@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Siobhan Carroll
Tel: (0131 6)50 3079
Email: siobhan.carroll@ed.ac.uk
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