Human Growth and Development
This module explores human growth and development (HG&D) over the life-course. It highlights why a sound knowledge and understanding of HG&D is essential for effective practice. Traditional approaches to understanding HG&D are explored. The Life Course Approach to HG&D is introduced as an example of a theoretical paradigm that is able to facilitate inter-professional dialogue. Key concepts such as `plasticity¿ and `personal agency¿, which help to describe HG&D phenomenon are considered. The implications for practice are integrated throughout the module.
Critical Practice in Child Care
The module draws together aspects of earlier modules that have looked at the law, theory, social work practice and values and applies them to children in particular sets of circumstances. Child protection, `looked after children¿, the Integrated Children¿s System and youth justice will receive particular attention.
Education Across the Lifespan
This module will introduce students to various contexts for education across the lifespan. This will include formal and informal contexts for learning. Educational practice will be considered from a historical perspective, beginning with schooling and teaching. The changing nature of education and the variety of different professionals, working in the sector, will then be examined. The module will include guest speakers from the education sector, discussing current and future developments and the impact of these on educational practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their understanding of education and the range of contexts in which this can occur across the lifespan.
Additional Learning Needs
This module considers how additional learning needs (ALN) and special educational needs (SEN) are defined within legislation, statutory regulations and guidance. Current ALN/SEN policy and practice is explored. Implications of divergence in practice between Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom are considered. The module provides an opportunity to study the prevalence, etiology and management of a range of ALN/SEN. Contentious ALN/SEN related issues are highlighted and discussed.
Critical Practice in Child Care and Law
The central premise of this module is that for practitioners to undertake critical practice they must first develop `criticality¿; an open stance that enables the practitioner to reflect on the context of practice, their own experiences and values as well as the differing perspectives of others. `Criticality¿ is promoted through, for example, personal reflection, reading, research, discussion, debate and analysis.
During the module students are encouraged to critically reflect on a wide range of issues together with staff, visiting practitioners, service users and peers. The order in which topics and issues are introduced is arranged so that students are able to gain an understanding of the wider context of child care practice before working through complex case studies of individual children. Students begin by examining international, national and regional child care issues. They then examine key child care legislation and policy before focusing on safeguarding and, in particular, child protection. Specific topics relating to childhood vulnerability are then considered, for example, `State accommodation¿/adoption of children, `youth justice¿ and `asylum seeking children¿. Special attention is given to preventative social work.
Dissertation in Social Work Research and Evidence for Practice
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.
Traethawd Estynedig mewn Ymchwil Gwaith Cymdeithasol a Thystiolaeth ar gyfer Ymarfer
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.