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

Undergraduate Course: Social Work: Policy and Legal Frameworks (SCWR08004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course develops an understanding of the influences of law and policy on social work today in Scotland and elsewhere.
Course description This course helps you develop an understanding of how law and policy affect social work today. The course content will explore law and policy that affect the three major areas of social work practice: social work with adults; child welfare and protection; and social work in the criminal justice system. There will be a focus on law and policy as it affects social work practice in the UK, particularly in Scotland, and we will also consider examples from a wider international field. The course forms a substantial part of the social work degree programme and reflects the Standards in Social Work Education set for social work qualifying programmes in Scotland. We also welcome students who are not registered for the social work programme but who are interested in how law and policy work together in this important area of social welfare.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  48
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment 2000 word essay (50%), Policy briefing - 1500 words max (excluding bibliography) 50%

Feedback Students will receive individual feedback on their assignments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The legislation and policy frameworks that affect contemporary social work practice in the UK and had an opportunity to compare this with other countries
  2. How social work practice has both shaped and is shaped by legislation and policy
  3. The place of law and policy as part of the effective social workers tool kit.
  4. The place of social work values in policy and legal frameworks.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 lectures per week for 11 week(s).

Weekly tutorials begin in week 2 - to sign up for a tutorial please go to LEARN week 1 of the semester.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Steve Kirkwood
Tel: (0131 6)50 6646
Course secretaryMiss Katarzyna Pietrzak
Tel: (0131 6)51 3162
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