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Postgraduate Course: Social Work with Individuals and Families (SCWR11038)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course follows on from that on Social Work in Communities and introduces students to social work with families and their individual members. Family is broadly defined to include extended and immediate family members. The focus is on social work's broader welfare role and will include themes of assessment, early intervention, prevention, resilience and capacity building. It is based around a case study approach and an EAL method, which involves students visiting and interviewing key informants to build up a practice informed assessment of the individuals and circumstances around which the EAL case study is based. The EAL method also requires students 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 theory, skills and values of social work in its different contexts.
Course description Assessment, decision-making and intervention are core social work activities with individuals and families. These are competencies which require a range of professional skills and knowledge. This course provides students with the opportunity to explore and learn how to apply theoretical knowledge, core social work concepts and frameworks to assessment and decision making when working with individuals and families, with a focus on early intervention and prevention work with children and families. This course is intended to work alongside Social Work in Communities, Working with Self and Others and Understanding Care and Control in Social Work in Semester 2. It introduces students to social work with individuals and families.

The assignments within the module aim to increase student¿s professional skills through both an individual written essay and an enquiry action research group presentation which aims to review and discuss a child¿s multidisciplinary meeting.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 24, Fieldwork Hours 3, Other Study Hours 55, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There are two components to assessment:
A 3000 word essay based around an assessment of a child and/or of parenting capacity (80%)
A group presentation (20%)

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the role of assessment in social work; and critically discuss the assessment framework primarily relevant to children and their families
  2. Critically assess human situations locating a child, individual family member and/or family within their social and family context, taking account of appropriate legislation and guidance, theories of human development and the views of those involved
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding underpinning key capabilities in child care and protection
Reading List
Indicative Reading:

Aldgate, J., Jones, D., Rose, W. and Jeffery, C. (2006) The Developing World of the Child. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Beckett, C. (2002) Human Growth and Development. London: Sage.

Coleman, J (2011) The Nature of Adolescence London: Routledge

Coleman J and Hagell, A (2007) Adolescence, risk and resilience: against the odds, Chichester: Wiley

Daniels, B, Wassell, S. and Gilligan, R. (2010) Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers. 2nd edition. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Guthrie, T.G. (2010) Social Work Law in Scotland, Bloomsbury Professional: West Sussex

Horwath, J. (2010) The Child¿s World. The Comprehensive Guide to Assessing Children in Need. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Sheridan, M.,Sharma, A. and Cockerill, H. (2007) From Birth to Five Years. London: Routledge

Stainton Rogers, W. & Stainton Rogers, R. (2001) The Psychology of Gender and Sexuality. An Introduction. Milton Keynes: Open University.

Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2006) The Psychology of Ageing: an introduction 4th edition. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Tew, J., Ramon, S., Slade, M., Bird, V., Melton, J. and Le Boutillier, C. (2012) Social Factors and Recovery from Mental Health Difficulties: A Review of the Evidence, British Journal of Social Work, 42, pp 443-460
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Course organiserDr Mary Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)51 1538
Course secretaryMiss Anna Hallam
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337
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