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Introduction to Social Care Practice and Theories

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Overview

This course is an introduction to a particularly broad and complex topic: the relationship between ideas about social work and what social workers actually do. The sorts of questions that we will be considering in this course are:

  • What is it that social workers actually do?
  • What is social work supposed to be trying to achieve - and how should we go about it?
  • What ideas or theories do in fact - or should - underlie social work practice?
  • On what basis should - or do - social workers make decisions about how to respond to different situations?
  • What techniques are available to social workers?
  • How does social work relate to other professional groups who may work with the same service users?
  • How do social work values relate to theory and practice?

Modules

What is Social Work Practice and why do we need Theory?

What? How? Why?

Past, Present, Future: Perspectives on Change

Different Levels: Groups, Families, Communities and Society

Sharing Responsibility: Collaborative Working

Soft Policing? The use of Statutory Powers

Open to Possibilities: The Art of Reflective Practice

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Assessment

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support

This course is an introduction to a particularly broad and complex topic: the relationship between ideas about social work and what social workers actually do. The sorts of questions that we will be considering in this course are:

  • What is it that social workers actually do?
  • What is social work supposed to be trying to achieve - and how should we go about it?
  • What ideas or theories do in fact - or should - underlie social work practice?
  • On what basis should - or do - social workers make decisions about how to respond to different situations?
  • What techniques are available to social workers?
  • How does social work relate to other professional groups who may work with the same service users?
  • How do social work values relate to theory and practice?

Modules

What is Social Work Practice and why do we need Theory?

What? How? Why?

Past, Present, Future: Perspectives on Change

Different Levels: Groups, Families, Communities and Society

Sharing Responsibility: Collaborative Working

Soft Policing? The use of Statutory Powers

Open to Possibilities: The Art of Reflective Practice

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Assessment

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support

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