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SP20021: Social work critical reflective practice assignment

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: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment Group S: Coursework (100%) (CW 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: While taking this unit you must take SP20255This unit is only available to SWASS students.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this Unit is for students to provide evidence of a critical reflection of their own practice. The essay should focus on the service users (communities, groups, carers, families or individuals) with whom the student had experience in their placement. The student should critically analyse the kind of social work provided by them and others in the agency.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit students will have developed the capacity to reflect effectively on:
* Knowledge of the nature of social care services and practices (relating to their particular placement agency), and how they respond to diversity and tackle discrimination.
* Knowledge of the purpose of partnership working and information sharing across professional disciplines and agencies and with services users and carers.
* The significance of legislative and policy frameworks and the effects on practice in social care.
* Knowledge of organisational processes such as policy implementation, management, use of information technology and the pursuit of quality in service delivery.
* Knowledge of theories about the impact of authority and power in the social care role.

By the end of this unit students will have developed and critically reflected on:
Intellectual skills
* To utilise skills in critical appraisal of relevant social research and evaluation methodologies and of the concept of evidence for effective social care, in the sector particular to the placement.
* To develop a range of skills for practice in social care, their theoretical roots, the research evidence to support them and an ability to critically reflect upon their relevance for effectiveness in interventions with service users particular to the placement.
* To think creatively and analytically, including self assessment and critical reflection upon knowledge and practice relevant to social care.
* To communicate an argument.
Professional Skills
* To develop and reflect on their skills in managing problem solving through gathering and analysing information, using information and other forms of knowledge in making decisions about appropriate social work interventions and evaluating their effectiveness.
* To develop and reflect on their skills in communication across a range of interventions - with fellow professionals, carers and users of services - in written and verbal forms, and having a clear understanding of the principles and practice of inter-cultural communication, and confidentiality.
* To take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development
* To develop and reflect on sensitivity to the values and interests of others.
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of sociological/social policy analysis within the placement environment.
Key Skills
* To critically reflect upon his/her own academic and professional learning and development.


* The content for the student's study will be based on the placement being undertaken by the student.
* Content will also be provided by facilitated discussion at the Recall days held at the University
* The content for the assignment will be drawn from the 80 days practice learning placement as the assignment has to reflect the content of the students practice with individual service users, families and/or groups and organisations
* Other practice learning content can be seen in the Practice Learning Placement Year 2 Unit studied concurrently.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP20021 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 2)

* 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.