Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Practice Workshops 1 and 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Social Policy and Social Work

DESCRIPTION An important task in Social Work education is that of ensuring that the knowledge students are introduced to at the University is applied by them during their interactions in practice. Although this is the primary objective of field-work experiences, students require another setting where this goal may be achieved within the academic curriculum.

Practice Workshops will help to meet such goal and ensure that the gap between academic and field education is narrowed.

Practice Workshops sessions will help students relate theoretical precepts and methods to practice in an experiential workshop setting. Students will also have the opportunity to relate their own experiences from the field to the theory being covered by the study-units. In addition the sessions will also provide the milieu for students to practice or actualise activities which relate to theory.

Study-unit Aims:

- To provide students with a venue for self-awareness and appraisal in a safe setting.
- To encourage students to look at themselves as whole persons and as developing social workers.
- To enable students to take a life-course perspective on issues related to personal and professional development.
- To introduce and consolidate a range of theories, research and ideas which will help students to develop their understanding of social work and human development.
- To empower students to look at and understand the impact of their own life course development on their social work practice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- describe the developmental milestones of childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.
- demonstrate understanding of the theories of human life course development.
- describe and analyse why knowledge and understanding of human development throughout the life course are important to social work practice.
- show that they recognise how their own personal values and life events impact on their practice.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- demonstrate that they are able to assess human situations, taking into account a variety of factors.
- identify and keep under review their own personal and professional boundaries.
- use a problem solving model in their assessment of human situations and plans of action.
- analyse and take account of the impact of inequality and discrimination in work with people in particular contexts and problem situations.
- research, analyse, evaluate and use current knowledge of best social work practice.
- interact with individuals and families to achieve change and development to improve life opportunities.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main text:
- Crawford, K., Walker, J., Social Work and Human Development. 2nd ed., Exeter, Learning Matters, 2007.

Supplementary readings:
- Nelson-Jones, R., Human Relationship Skills: Training and Self-Hel. London, Hold, Rinehart and Winston, 1986.
- Nelson Jones, R., Practical Counselling and Helping Skills 4th edition Holt, London, Rinehart and Winston, 2004.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Due to the participatory nature of the study-unit, attendance to all sessions is compulsory. Since the sessions are based on experiential learning, missing sessions will influence negatively on the student’s personal experience, as well as the group’s experience.

In the event of serious reasons which would make it absolutely impossible for a student to attend, s/he may be given permission to absent her/himself from one session. In this case, the student will be expected to write an assignment of not more than 500 words on the topic presented during the session missed. Absence from more than 4 sessions “will lead to the student being declared ineligible for assessment of the unit, in which case a 0 mark and an F grade shall be assigned and recorded” (General Regulations 2004, Regulation 40).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Group Learning

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Reflective Diary No 100%

LECTURER/S Patricia Bonello
Maria Mercieca
Holger Saliba

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