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Unit information: Applied Social Science and Law in 2021/22

Unit name Applied Social Science and Law
Unit code SPOLM0034
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Aggie Bezzina
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This Unit is designed to provide students with relevant underpinning knowledge of social science theory and research. They will gain a grounding in the legislative underpinnings of social work with children, families and young people, adults, and people with a mental illness and become familiarised with the policy context of practice. The Unit provides students with relevant theoretical explanations, through which they will be able to critically analyse contemporary social problems with which social workers are faced in practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate: i) critical understanding of the central concepts relevant to understanding human growth and development ii) critical appreciation of research and theory concerning the social problems that impact critically on social work practice; iii) an understanding of the fundamental legal provisions relevant to key areas of social work practice, iv) an understanding of how these legal provisions are applicable to practice v) the ability to draw appropriately on the research and theory from relevant disciplines in support of evidence-informed assessment and intervention in social work and social care.

Teaching Information

Methods of teaching will involve a combination of blended learning that is both synchronous and asynchronous. It will include lectures, group work, and seminars involving case discussion. This unit provides a significant opportunity in year one for experiential group work which will take place both on campus (as the situation allows) and in self-directed study groups.

Assessment Information

2.5 hour examination in Law

1.5 hour examination in Human Development

Both are summative assessments, and each will assess the relevant learning outcomes. Both must be passed to complete the unit successfully and each assessment will contribute 50% towards the overall mark for the unit


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.