Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE SWP4021

 
TITLE Advanced Methods in Social Work

 
LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Social Policy and Social Work

 
DESCRIPTION The first part of this study-unit is dedicated to studying the construction of social work theory, the application of theory to practice and issues related to social work practice theory. During the second part of the study-unit students are introduced to an overview of various models of social work practice which can be used in intervention with individuals, families, groups or communities. Students have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the basic concepts which underlie these models and to critically assess the appropriateness of the models for different practice settings and with different client groups.

Study-Unit Aims:

1. To re-visit social work theory and the notion of the social construction of social work theory;
2. To explore the relationship between social work theory and practice;
3. To critically review a range of practice theories and models of practice which are based on these theoretical perspectives;
4. To critically assess the appropriateness of the models of practice introduced during the study-unit and their appropriateness for different practice contexts.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge and Understanding
By the end of this study-unit the students will be able to:

• Define social work theory and explain how theory is helpful to social workers in their practice;
• Describe and appraise the notion that social work theory is socially constructed;
• Discuss the relationship between theory and practice in social work;
• Critically review a range of practice theories and models of practice;
• Appraise the appropriateness of specific models of practice to different practice contexts.

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

• Discuss the implications for practice of adherence to the notion that social work theory is socially constructed;
• Distinguish between different theoretical perspectives and how these might be drawn upon in practice;
• Identify and apply models of practice to specific case situations.

Suggested Textbook/s:

- Howe, D. (2009). A Brief Introduction to Social Work Theory. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Payne, M. (2014.). Modern Social Work Theory. (4th ed.). Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Additional Texts:

- Adams, R., Dominelli, L & Payne, M. (Eds.). (2009). Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates. (3rd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Adams, R. Dominelli, L. & Payne, M. (Eds.). (2009). Critical Practice in Social Work. (2nd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Adams, R. Dominelli, L. & Payne, M. (Eds.). (2005). Social Work Futures, Crossing Boundaries, Transforming Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Brake, M. & Bailey, R. (Eds.). (1980). Radical Social Work and Practice. London: Edward Arnold.
- Corrigan, P. & Leonard, P. (1978). Social Work Practice Under Capitalism: a Marxist Approach. London: Macmillan.
- Davis, M. (Ed.). (2013). The Blackwell Companion to Social Work. (4th ed.). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
- Dominelli, L. (2002). Feminist Social Work Theory and Practice. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave.
- Gitterman, A. & Germain, C. (2008). The Life Model of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and Practice. (3rd ed.). New York : Columbia University Press.
- Gray, M. & Webb, S.A. (2013). Social Work Theories and Methods. (2nd ed.) London: Sage Publications Ltd.
- Healy, K. (2005). Social Work Theories in Context: Creating Frameworks for Practice. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Oko, J. (2011). Understanding and Using Theory in Social Work. (2nd ed.). Exeter, UK: Learning Matters Ltd.
- Payne, M. (2009). The Way Forward for the Social Work Profession and its Tasks. In
- Agius, M.Cole, M. Naudi & J. Xuereb (Eds.), Social Work and Social Cohesion in Europe: Based on the proceedings of the Social Work National Conference in Malta 2007. (pp.180-191) Malta: The Maltese Association of Social Workers and the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, University of Malta.
- Reid, W.J. & Epstein, L. (1972). Task-Centred Casework. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Roberts, A.R. (Ed.). (2005). Crisis Intervention Handbook: Assessment , Treatment and Research. (3rd ed.). New York, USA:Oxford University Press.
- Solomon, B.B. (1976). Black Empowerment : Social Work in Oppressed Communities. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Stepney, P. & Ford, D. (Eds.). (2012). Social Work Models, Methods and Theories: A framework for practice (2nd ed.). Lyme Regis, Dorset: Russell House Publishing.
- Teater, B. (2014). An Introduction to Applying Social Work Theories and Methods. (2nd ed.).Maidenhead, England: Open University Press, McGraw Hill Education.
- Thompson, N. (2010). Theorizing Social Work Practice. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Thompson, N. (2011). Crisis Intervention. Lyme Regis, Dorset: Russell House Publishing Ltd.
- Van Den Bergh, N. & Cooper, L. (Eds.). (1986). Feminist Visions for Social Work. Silver Spring, Maryland: National Association of Social Workers.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS Before TAKING THIS UNIT YOU MUST TAKE SWP2621 AND TAKE SWP2641 AND TAKE SWP3311

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 50%

 
LECTURER/S Maureen Cole

 
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2019/0, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

https://www.um.edu.mt/course/studyunit