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SP20131: Discrimination & empowerment: skills in practice

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
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:
SP20131 Coursework (100%) 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:
To ensure students meet both the Standards of Proficiency (HCPC) and Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW) in relation to social work practice and principles.
This unit will continue to develop the students understanding of the terms discrimination and empowerment and their relationship to personal and professional values that are held within social work.
Students will explore the current policies, methods and models of working that have been developed with the aim to equally redistribute benefits, opportunities and wealth across all social groups and the role of social work within this context.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this units students will:
1. have a heightened awareness of discrimination and the part their personal and professional values play in this PCF 2.1; 2.2; 2.3
2. be able to recognise and, with support, promote individuals' rights to autonomy and self-determination which aims to reduce service users' experience of discrimination PCF 2.5
3. be able to understand how an individual's identity is informed by factors such as culture, economic status, family composition, life experiences and characteristics, and take account of these to understand their experiences PCF 3.1
4. be able to, with reference to current legislative requirements, recognise personal and organisational discrimination and oppression, and identify ways in which they might be challenged PCF 3.2
5. be able to, with guidance, use reflection and analysis in practice to evaluate practice using skills learnt elsewhere, e.g. personal reflection, service user feedback, supervision, group discussion, use of theory and recorded experience PCF 6.4
6. have received opportunities to share and learn from practice experience and integrate knowledge and theories that underpin practice will enable students to recognise the value of sharing and supporting the learning and development of others PCF 9.2
7. be able to identify and, with guidance, manage potentially conflicting values and ethical dilemmas PCF 2.3
8. learnt the importance of the need to elicit and respect the needs and views of service users and carers and, with support, promote their participation in decision-making. PCF 2.4
9. learnt to promote and protect the privacy of individuals within and outside their families and networks, recognising the requirements of professional accountability and information sharing PCF 2.6
10. developed a critically reflective, self-directed, collaborative and rigorous attitude to learning and to the acquisition of knowledge and the ability to relate this learning to contemporary social work practice PCF 6.4
11. gain an opportunity to develop their knowledge base and skills to identify and challenge racism and discrimination within social work organisations. PCF 3.2

By the end of this unit students will have learnt:
1. to build upon their skills of critical analysis (taught, facilitated and assessed)
2. more about collaborative learning with others; in the context of this unit and their social work placement (SP20021) (facilitated)
3. how to explore a variety of relationships and environments relevant to their learning (taught & facilitated)
4. to apply sociological and social policy knowledge to the analysis of complex ethical and practical issues (taught, facilitated and assessed) PCF 5.1
5. how to develop sensitivity to the analysis of complex ethical and practical issues(taught, facilitated and assessed)
6. how to develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others(taught, facilitated and assesssed)
7. how to act, with others, to increase social justice by challenging discrimination at individual, institutional and structural levels(taught, facilitated and assesssed) PCF 4.1
8. the importance of working in partnership with service users and carers to ensure that their practice is effective in meeeting their needs, and does not replicate experiences of marginalisation. (taught, facilitated and assesssed) PCF 2.4

Through the application of different teaching methods, role play, group work processes, guest speakers, case studies and independent studies, students will be expected to:
* participate in developing group rules for discussing challenging issues in a group setting
* reflections on childhood and the experience of marginalisation
* Understand the relationship between theory and law and how this informs practice.
* raising personal awareness and developing strategies in relation to challenging discrimination and oppression in relations to racism, sexism, homophobia & heterosexism, and discrimination against children, mental health service users, disabled people, older people, people with learning difficulties and people diagnosed as HIV positive
* the importance of the service user's voice in understanding and evaluating social work practice
* ageism and its implications for social work with older people;
* understanding the ways in which homophobia and heterosexism isolate and oppress gay men, lesbians and transgendered people;
* the part intolerance plays in isolating people because of their religious or spiritual beliefs
* Awareness of ethical, moral dilemmas & conflict in practice for advocacy and empowerment
* developing personal action plans
Individual lectures will focus on:
* Theories and methods
* Homophobia and heterosexism
* Working with adults with learning disabilities
* Mental Health Perspective
* Race and Racism
* Carers perspective
* Gender and domestic violence
* Youth offending
* Substance misuse.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP20131 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)