Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Application of Social Work Methods

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Social Policy and Social Work

DESCRIPTION This study-unit focuses on a generic social work method. It presents an in-depth study of the Problem-Solving Model, a theoretical framework that attempts to utilise and increase people’s natural problem-solving capacities. Emphasis will be made on different assessment frameworks and decision-making models in social work. Social Work recording, the Data Protection Act, endings in social work practice and decision-making in social work will also be addressed.

The study-unit will include a description of the placements to be held in 3rd and 4th year, and an explanation of the continuum of the placement system. Students will also have a number of organized visits to government and non-government agencies.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to expose students to a basic, generic Social Work Model which will serve as an important foundation for the practical placements which they follow throughout their course as well as for further theory building which they are exposed to throughout the degree.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Discuss the importance of models in social work practice;
- Discuss the role that social work models have in social work;
- Describe and discuss the nature and characteristics of the Problem Solving Model;
- Present a detailed analysis of the different phases of the Problem Solving Process;
- Discuss the rational and intuitive modes of decision-making and models which emanate from them; Analyze the role which social work recording has in social work practice;
- Analyze the importance of endings in social work;
- Describe the practice context within which social work is practiced in Malta.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply the Problem Solving Process to hypothetical situations/ case studie/s;
- Be ready to apply the rest of the problem solving process in SWP3311 Practical Placement A and SWP4311 Practical Placement B, in the coming years.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main texts:

- Beckett, C. & Horner, N. (2016). Essential theory for Social Work Practice (2nd edn.). London: Sage Publications.
- Compton, B., Galaway, B. and Cournoyer, B.R. (2005) Social Work Processes. (7th ed.) California: Brooks/Cole.
- O’Sullivan, T. (2011). Decision Making in Social Work. Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Taylor, B. (2013). Professional decision-making and risk in social work (2nd edn.) UK: Sage Publications.

Suggested Readings:

- Fink, A.E., Pfouts, J.H.and Dobelstein, A.W. (1985) The Field of Social Work. (8th edn.) Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.
- Haley, J. (1976) Problem-Solving Therapy: New Strategies for Effective Family Therapy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Kadushin, A. and Kadushin, G. (2013) The Social Work Interview: A Guide for Human Service Professionals (5th edn.) New York: Columbia: University Press.
- Kirst-Ashman, K.K. & Hull, G. H. (2010) Understanding Generalist Practice (6th edn.). UK: Brooks/Cole.
- National Institute for Social Work (1982) Social Workers :Their Roles and Tasks. London: NISW.
- Perlman, H.H. (1957) Social Casework: A problem solving Process. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Prince, K. (1996) Boring Records? Communication, Speech and Writing in Social Work. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
- Timms, N. (1972) Recording in Social Work. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
- Wilson, K., Ruch, G., Lymbery, M. & Cooper, A. (2011) Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice. England: Pearson.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 40%
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Daniella Zerafa (Co-ord.)

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