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SP10178: Social work and life course 1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment Group S: Examination (100%) (SW) (EX 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is only available as part of the BSc (Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies, in which all units are designated essential.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This is the first of two units that aim to provide the students with an introduction to a range of concepts central to the development of people through the Life Course. In this unit the aim is to introduce students to basic psychological and development concepts and link these to Social Work. Specifically the unit aims to:
* introduce students to basic psychological concepts in learning theory, cognition, behaviour, emotion, attachment, personality, and interpersonal relationships;
* examine the psychological and social development of individuals through childhood (for example, cognitive development, learning and attachment theory) to old age;
* begin to analyse the impact of various social and cultural agencies on individual development;
* provide an overview of Social Work and the application of key psychological and social development concepts; and
* begin to be aware of the critiques of concepts associated with the Life Course.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the unit students will be expected to be able to:
* describe the major stages of human psychological development throughout the Life Course ;
* demonstrate a basic understanding of the basic concepts of psychology including theories of learning, personality, motivation, and interpersonal relationships;
* understand basic psychological debates such as 'nature versus nurture';
* begin to appreciate cultural diversity and its impact on individual development; and
* have an appreciation and emerging critique of the importance of psychological theory in social work knowledge.

After completing this course students should be able to:
* have an overview of basic psychological terms and concepts in relation to development;
* appreciate different levels of understanding and communication skills during child development and other life stages;
* begin to engage in problem based learning exercises independently and within small groups;
* begin to identify some social work roles and functions; and
* show critical thinking in the application of Life Course concepts.

Basic biological psychology and states of consciousness
Cognitive and behavioural psychology
Developmental psychology
Child psychological development and social learning
Social Work roles and functions in the Life Course
Cultural, Social and Environmental Impacts on the Life Course
Social Constructions and the Life course.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP10178 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences

SP10178 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.