Undergraduate Course: Social Work: Policy and Legal Frameworks (SCWR08004)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course develops an understanding of the influences of law and policy on social work today in Scotland and elsewhere.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment 2000 word essay (50%), Policy briefing - 1500 words max (excluding bibliography) 50%
||Students will receive individual feedback on their assignments.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- The legislation and policy frameworks that affect contemporary social work practice in the UK and had an opportunity to compare this with other countries
- How social work practice has both shaped and is shaped by legislation and policy
- The place of law and policy as part of the effective social workers tool kit.
- The place of social work values in policy and legal frameworks.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|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.
|Course organiser||Dr Steve Kirkwood
Tel: (0131 6)50 6646
|Course secretary||Miss Katarzyna Pietrzak
Tel: (0131 6)51 3162