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Undergraduate Course: Social Work: Making A Difference (SCWR08003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will introduce students to notions, definitions and insights about social work practice from within the profession, discussing how they compare with public understanding (and prejudices) of the social worker¿s role and task. A theme will be to explore how social workers can and do make a difference. Outside contributors will discuss what they do and how they interface with other professions, providing students with an awareness of the distinct place of social work in the range of welfare services.
Course description The course is divided into three sections with an introductory lecture and closing lecture that begin with and return to the theme of 'making a difference'.

The first section is entitled Social Work in the Past, Present and Future. It provides historical perspectives on the development of the social work profession and offers a picture of 21st century social work. The second section is entitled The Professional Role and Challenges for Today's Practitioners. Here, the overall aim is to provide students with an opportunity to understand and discuss the unique contribution that social workers make to people's welfare and well-being. The section consists of three sets of lectures and contributions from guest speakers. Each set will look at the key strands of social work today ¿ Justice, Adult Services, and Children and Families, and will introduce students to the concept of the social worker as a professional with a body of values, ethics and a distinct social work identity. An overview of contemporary practice will be provided by academic staff and complemented by input from statutory social work practitioners who will present a snapshot of what they do with an emphasis upon the distinct role they play as social workers, e.g. how they are different to and interface with other professions. Non-statutory professionals and service user groups will offer a wider perspective on the social work role and services. The third section, Our Professional Values and Good Practice, consists of a lecture that restates an essential element of social work practice - that of confronting disadvantage and promoting empowerment.

The overall themes will be the nature and diversity of contemporary social work and the people who need the services of social workers; the uniqueness of the social work profession and its relationship to other professions; and finally, the difference that social workers can make in helping people maximise their well-being.

On completion of this course, the student will have acquired an overview of:
1. how social services and the social work profession have developed
2. the role, challenges and diversity of contemporary social work practice in the UK
3. the values required for good social work practice

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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
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 by two 2000 word essays (50% each).
Feedback General feedback will be uploaded to the course Learn page within 24 hours of the overall marks for the assignments being returned to Students. Students will also receive individual feedback on their essays.

The course also has two built-in sessions on essay preparation and these run in addition to assessment preparation in tutorial group.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course students should have acquired a broad overview of how social services and the social work profession have developed
  2. By the end of the course students should have acquired a broad overview of the role, challenges and diversity of contemporary social work practice in the UK
  3. By the end of the course students should have acquired a broad overview of the values required for good social work practice.
Reading List
Adams, R., Dominelli, L. and Payne, M. (eds) (2009) Social work: themes, issues and critical debates. 3rd ed, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cree, V. (2013) Becoming A Social Worker. London: Routledge.

Cree, V. and Davis, A. (2007) Social Work: Voices from the Inside. London: Routledge.

Cree, V. and Smith, M. (eds) (2018) Social work in a changing Scotland. London: Routledge.

Davies, M. (2013) The Blackwell Companion to Social Work. Oxford: Blackwell.

Doel, M. (2012) Social Work. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.

Fook, J. (2016) Social Work: A Critical Approach to Practice. 3rd ed, London: Sage.

Gibson, A., Lishman, J., Brannan, J. and Yuill, C. (2018) Social Work: An Introduction. London: Sage.

Hothersall, S. (2014) Social Work with Children, Young People and their Families in Scotland. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Hunter, S. and Rowley, D. (2015) Social work and people with learning difficulties: making a difference. Bristol: Policy Press.

James, E., Mitchell, R., Morgan, H., Harvey, M., Burgess, I., Romeo, L. and Neary, M. (2020) Social work, cats and rocket science: stories of making a difference in social work with adults. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Kirkwood, S. (2018) Criminal justice social work. In V. Cree and M. Smith (eds) Social work in a changing Scotland. London: Routledge.

Thompson, N. (2015) Understanding social work: preparing for practice. 4th ed, London: Macmillan Education/Palgrave.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Peter Yates
Course secretaryMiss Katarzyna Pietrzak
Tel: (0131 6)51 3162
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