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Unit information: Applied Social Science and Law in 2015/16

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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. Dugdale
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

Lectures supported by seminar group discussions.

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

Reading and References

Beckett, C. and Taylor H (2010) . Human growth and development(2nd Edn). London: Sage Publications.

Brammer, A. (2013) Social Work Law with updating supplement (3rd edn)Harlow, Pearson Education

Brayne,H. and Carr,H. (2012) Law for Social Workers (12th edn). Oxford, Oxford University Press

Daniel, B., Wassel, S., & Gilligan, R. (2010). Child development for child protection workers. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Dickens, J. (2009) Social Work and Social Policy: An Introduction. Basingstoke, Routledge.

Needham, C. (2011) Personalising Public Services: understanding the personalisation narrative. Bristol, The Policy Press