Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE SWP5136

 
TITLE Methods and Processes in Social Work

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 10

 
DEPARTMENT Social Policy and Social Work

 
DESCRIPTION This focus of this study-unit will be basic social work theory. It will provide a foundation in terms of social work theory. The content covered includes:
- historical development and perspectives;
- the social work process;
- the interaction process;
- different types of of social work practice: casework, groupwork, residential social work, community work;
- client groups;
- recording practices in social work.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study-unit aims:
- To provide students with an understanding of what social work is about, encouraging them to consider social work from different perspectives;
- To present the different facets of social work, focusing on the different forms of social work practice, such as case work, group work, residential social work and community work;
- To inform students of the various client groups who social workers work with;
- To familiarise students with the social work process from the point of engagement through assessment, intervention, evaluation and ending;
- To inform students of the helping skills which they are required to acquire knowledge of, and develop to become social workers.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- discuss the elements which distinguish social work as a profession by categorising those characteristics which are particular to social work;
- describe and discuss the historical development of social work as a profession in the international and local context;
- describe the social work process endeavour from the point of engagement through assessment, intervention, evaluation and ending;
- discuss the different forms of social work practice, including casework, groupwork, residential social work and community work, establishing particular examples related to each form;
- describe and discuss the different client groups who social workers work with;
- discuss the different uses of social work records;
- discuss the contents of the Data Protection Act and its relevance for social workers;
- list, describe and discuss the roles which social work enact;
- list, describe and discuss the interventive methods social workers enact.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- given case studies, explore in an essay, how they would plan and proceed with their work as social workers through the use of the social work process;
- given case studies, identify problems, and describe in an essay, the knowledge which they have used to identify problems in case situations;
- given a case situation, formulate a social work service agreement, with well-formed goals.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:
- Barker, R.L. (2003). The Social Work Dictionary. Washington, DC: NASW Press.
- Kemp, S.P. (2007). Social Work with Communities. In M.A. Mattaini and C.T Lowery (Eds.), Foundations of Social Work Practice. (4th ed.) (pp. 317-354). Washington, DC: NASW Press.
- Howe, D. (2009). A Brief Introduction to Social Work Theory. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Johnson, L.C. and Yanca, S. J. (2007). Social Work Practice : a generalist approach. (9th ed.) Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.
- Kirst-Ashman, K. (2014). Human Behaviour in the Macro Social Environment (4th ed.) Belmont, CA: Brooks Cole.
- Magen, R.H. (2007). Social Work with Groups. In M.A. Mattaini and C.T Lowery (Eds.), Foundations of Social Work Practice. (4th ed.) (pp. 291-315). Washington, DC: NASW Press.
- Mattaini, M.A. (2007). Social Work with Individuals. In M.A. Mattaini and C.T Lowery (Eds.), Foundations of Social Work Practice (4th ed.) (pp. 217-257). Washington, DC: NASW Press.
- Milner, J., & O’Bryne, P. (2009). Assessment in social work. (3rd edition). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Richmond, M. (1917). Social Diagnosis. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
- Sheafor, B., & Horejsi, C. (2008). Techniques and guidelines for social work practice. (8th edition). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
- Teater, B. (2014). An Introduction to Applying Social Work Theories and Methods (2nd ed.) England: Open University Press.
- Twelvetrees, A. (2008). Community Work. (4th ed.) Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 50%

 
LECTURER/S Maureen Cole
Daniella Zerafa (Co-ord.)

 
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