Undergraduate Course: Social Work in Communities (UG) (SCWR10035)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS ONLY FOR STUDENTS ON THE BSC SOCIAL WORK DEGREE PROGRAMME
This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 16,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 24,
External Visit Hours 3,
Formative Assessment Hours 3,
Other Study Hours 55,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||There are two components to assessment:
Students (in EAL groups) are required to give a short presentation about a community organisation they have visited, identifying the community served by that organisation and the approaches to community engagement used by staff. Assessed on the basis of participation in planning and presentation.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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;
- Identify and reflect upon the range of services/resources that exist in communities, the professionals who service these and the purposes they serve;
- Analyse the social work role in responding to community need and building upon community strengths.
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/
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh
Tel: (0131 6)51 3870
|Course secretary||Ms Siobhan Carroll
Tel: (0131 6)50 3079