Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Ms Kerry Brydon


This unit introduces students to the nature of social work and social issues in contemporary society. A range of intervention methods will be explored and some key contemporary debates explored.

Some of the issues that will be examined will be definitions of social work and reflective practice. Social issues to be considered will include children's issues, disability and ageing. Students will be encouraged to consider case examples and to examine social responses with a view to determining the effectiveness of response.


Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. articulate an understanding of the nature of contemporary social work and analyse critical challenges to social work;
  2. demonstrate and articulate an initial understanding of the key methods of social work intervention;
  3. discuss the structural factors that impact on social problems;
  4. reflect on their own values and responses to the issue presented and to articulate the values and ethics that underpin these responses;
  5. identify tensions between international perspectives and local social work practice;
  6. locate and evaluate relevant academic resources including electronic resources.


Essay (2500 words in twp parts): 50%
essay (2000 words): 30%
class presentation (equivalent to 1500 words): 20%

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