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Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

SP30132: Principles of practice

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: ES 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: This unit is for students on the BSc SWASS programmes only.
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To address the place of ethics in social work theory and practice.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to demonstrate that they have learnt:
* to respond to ethical issues in social work practice raised in their prior learning;
* to develop thinking in identifying and clarifying values and principles for social work generally and students individually;
* to explore some of the ethical dilemmas and confusions raised in everyday social work practice;
* to understand authority within complex frameworks of accountability and ethical and legal boundaries;
* build upon their skills of critical analysis;
* to apply sociological knowledge and understanding of ethics to the analysis of complex practice issues;
* how to develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others;
* how to act, with others, to increase social justice by understanding the ethical underpinning of anti-racism and anti-discrimination;
* to understand the arguments that support working in partnership with service users and carers;
* to understand the conceptual links between codes defining ethical practice, the regulation of professional conduct and the management of potential conflicts generated by the codes held by different professional groups;
* the value of advocacy;
* value the voice of the service user.

Students will develop the skills to:
* Think through ethical dilemmas when they arise in practice and develop processes to resolve them;
* Advocate on behalf of service users and carers;
* Promote the voice of the service user and carer.

General consideration of ethics and values and their place in social work including perspectives emerging in social work such as 'virtue ethics' and faith-based approaches; identification of ethical issues and dilemmas from students' experience - e.g. values and conflicts of interest; authority and accountability in social work; cultural relativism and values; values and the maintenance of purpose and morale; role of user and carer participation; role and value of advocacy; the voice of the service user.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

SP30132 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB15 : BSc (hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies (Full-time) - Year 3

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