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This module explores the important concept of citizenship and its applications in social policy. It does this by examining equality and diversity policies, focusing on different theoretically-driven debates about the need for, and impact of, such policies. Building on level 4 social policy modules, students will also have the opportunity to gain more understanding of key concepts such as rights, justice, fairness and equality. As a further aim, the module sets out to help students develop a critical awareness of issues associated with applying equality and diversity policies in the workplace and to the topic of asylum. A particular focus is given to recent legislation dealing with age discrimination, and comparisons are drawn with other national contexts.
This module will provide students with an introduction to the gathering and use of information in social care services and will provide an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research approaches in social work. This module will provide an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methodologies used to gather and assess knowledge in and for social care services. It will address the different sources, methods and purposes of information gathering. The module will also consider the application and implications of modern information communication technologies to the practice, planning and management of social work.
This module examines the legal frameworks that shape and regulate decision making in social care and social work. It considers how social workers can make use of law in a way that enables positive and socially just change, and examines the value of law from a variety of perspectives, including service users and professionals. The module covers a range of legal issues relating to social work and social care practice, including child welfare, youth justice and community care. Emphasis is given to the practical application of legal frameworks and human rights considerations to case scenarios. Particular attention is paid to how the Human Rights Act 1998 and anti-discrimination legislation informs practice.
This module is about developing critical knowledge within a specified area of interest in social work and social care. The primary focus is on conducting an independent literature review on a selected issue or problem experienced by a service user or carer group. Students will be required to locate research evidence and knowledge from a variety of contemporary sources, critically evaluate the contribution of literature within their chosen topic and to identify key themes, issues and debates for the interest of social work audiences. Emphasis will be given to formulating recommendations for enhancing professional practice. Students will consolidate skills in locating and synthesizing research evidence, developing written arguments and using current knowledge to improve and develop their practice.
The module examines key issues in research on social work and social care by presenting a series of case studies illustrating various research methods applied in these areas.
This module promotes and encourages the development of `research mindedness¿ in social work. It explores the theory and practice of social work research by way of examination of the concept and utility of evidence based practice, ontological and epistemological approaches to knowledge, case study examples of research designs, research paradigms of quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches, and reflection on ethics and values in social work research. The module also entails a practical element requiring students to undertake tasks in exploring statistical datasets, and using ICT. The module also prepares students for the task of completing a dissertation in the second year of the Masters Programme.
This module encourages the development of research mindedness and prepares students for evidence informed practice by way of a self directed dissertation study into an area of social work interest. Students will be expected to work independently with guided supervision to produce a small-case research project (document and literature-based) into a chosen area of interest relevant to social work audiences and professional practice. Students will be nominated a supervisor to support their learning and guide their research over the course of the academic session.
Mae'r modiwl hwn yn annog myfyrwyr i ddatblygu meddylfryd ymchwil ac yn eu paratoi ar gyfer ymarfer a gyfeirir gan dystiolaeth ar ffurf traethawd hir hunangyfeiriedig ar faes o ddiddordeb gwaith cymdeithasol. Disgwylir i fyfyrwyr weithio'n annibynnol dan arweiniad goruchwyliaeth er mwyn cynhyrchu prosiect ymchwil graddfa fach (yn seiliedig ar ddogfennau a llenyddiaeth) mewn maes o ddiddordeb a ddewiswyd sy'n berthnasol i gynulleidfaoedd gwaith cymdeithasol ac ymarfer proffesiynol. Enwebir goruchwylydd i fyfyrwyr i gefnogi eu dysgu a thywys eu hymchwil yn ystod y sesiwn academaidd.