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SP30133: Social work with adults

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: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment Group S: Essay (100%) (ES 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 for students on the BSc SWASS and ASS programmes only.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to address the policy, organisational and practice issues that construct social work and social care with adults in the UK, in order to prepare students to understand, and in some cases, work in, this sector.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit students will have learnt: about the history and development of services for adults in the UK; to focus their prior knowledge, skills and understanding of values onto the broad area of Community Care with adults; knowledge which will prepare them for practice in their preferred area for final placement (Social Work and Applied Social Studies students only); about the development of Community Care for adults both as a range of concepts and as a way of organising and delivering social services to service users; specific understanding of the role and practice of care managers in assessment for, delivery and development of services; the unit will also respond, as far as possible, to the interests and learning needs of individual students in this broad subject area (e.g. in relation to service user groups or type of service provision); about service user perspectives on the delivery of service; how the policy, organisation and guidelines for practice in social work with adults actually work in practice, through contact with practitioners and managers from partner social work agencies.

By the end of this unit students will have: developed their critical and analytical skills, particularly in relation to research and evidence in the subject area, and the connections between policy, organisation and practice guidance in theory and how it works in practice; built upon prior learning in utilising a range of sources of learning for practice; through workshop based teaching, learnt to learn collaboratively, being sensitive to the needs and interests of others.

Content will be flexible to accommodate students' own learning aims but will include: the development of Community Care services for adults; service user involvement in both care management and service development; care management skills, including user empowerment; community work skills (assessment of community needs, service development, networking, collaboration with formal and informal community groups); inter-professional work; diversity of Community Care provision (the "mixed economy of care"); informal carers; gender, culture and the concept of caring.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP30133 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 3)

SP30133 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
* 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.