SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1L522639
Module Leader David McKendrick
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Social Work
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

Introducing Social Work introduces the professional social work role, task and responsibilities. Students consider the development of the profession in a national context before embarking on a series of lectures that provide a brief policy and legislative context to the varying aspects of social work delivery. The specific "Changing Lives" policy is considered in the seminar classes throughout the module. The concept of critical thinking is introduced, with students being asked to critically reflect on the content of Changing Lives and the direction of travel it identifies. This is complimented by an introduction to some of the primary theoretical constructs used within the profession and students are encouraged (through a case study approach) to apply these to a fictional family. Students are encouraged to consider the range and scope of these theories and consider where they have used them in either within their work experience, their previous education or their family life. Students are thus encouraged to critically reflect on how theoretical constructs relate to their own experience.


-284 1. What is Social Work? 2. A history of Social Work in a national context. 3. Critical perspectives on social work. 4. Detailed exploration and analysis of the 21 st Century Review of Social Work. 5. Foundational knowledge of a range of Social Work disciplines, including Children and Families, Justice and Adult Care. 6. Key theoretical constructs. 7. Applying knowledge of key theoretical constructs to self. 8. Applying knowledge of key theoretical constructs to practice. 9. Explore the impact of social work on service users and carers.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the key ideas and principles which underpin Social Work in the 21st Century.2. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the importance of the historical developments of Social Work .3. Demonstrate and awareness and understanding of the application of relevant theories to their own experiences.4. Demonstrate and awareness and understanding of the contexts that Social Work operates within voluntary , statutory and third sectors.5. Demonstrate and awareness and understanding of service users and carers, their needs and the responses to need provided by social work.6. Understand and evaluate the role of social work in a complex and diverse society.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used including lectures and seminars, and guest lecturers are introduced in to support the authenticity of the module. The seminars enable students to develop their presentation skills, in preparation for the summative assignment. Students are encouraged to develop a creative approach to presentations. Students are supported to consider a variety of ways of supporting and augmenting their learning including use of Social Media.

Indicative Reading

Crawford, K & Walker, J, 2008. Social Work with Older People, (2 nd edition), Learning Matters, Exeter. Cree V.E. (Ed) 2008. Becoming a Social Worker. Oxon:Routledge. Cree V.E. & Davis A. 2007. Social Work: Voices from the inside. Oxon: Routledge. Davies, M (editor), 2008. The Blackwell Companion to Social Work (3rd edition), Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. Doel M & Best L. 2008. Experiencing Social Work. Learning from Service users. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. Horner, N, 2006. What is Social Work? Context and Perspectives (2 nd edition), Learning Matters, Exeter. Hothersall, S, 2006. Social Work with Children, Young People and their Families in Scotland, Learning Matters, Exeter. Golightly, 2008. M, Social Work and Mental Health, (3rd edition), Learning Matters, Exeter. Goodman, A, 2007. Social Work with Drug and Substance Misusers, Learning Matters, Exeter. Lister, R, 2004. Poverty, The Polity Press, Cambridge. Payne M. 2006. What is Professional Social Work? Revised Second Edition. Bristol: The Policy Press. Shardlow, S and Nelson, P, 2005. Introducing Social Work, Russell House Publishing, Lyme Regis. Thompson, N. 2005. Understanding Social Work. Preparing for Practice. (2 nd edition), Palgrave, Basingstoke. Trotter C. 2008 Working with Involuntary clients. A guide to practice. 2 nd edition. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. Walker H. 2008. Studying for your Degree in Social Work. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.

Transferrable Skills

1. Group Working 2. Research and analytical skills 3. Presentation skills 4. Effective communication 5. Self-awareness 6. Critical thinking and reflection 7. Professional conduct and accountability 8. Anti-discriminatory practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Seminars (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% An individual poster presentation on a particular social work theory and its application in practice.