Full Title:Issues in Social Care
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SOCC H8007
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:no description provided
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain and demonstrate an understanding of the role of a social care worker with a focus on the knowledge and skills required to effectively engage in practice.
  2. Gain an understanding of the the many different settings in which a social care worker can be employed along with a specific focus on a number of key areas of service provision.
  3. Distinguish between the medical and social model approach of working with people with disabilities and demonstrate an understanding how an emphasis on these two different models can impact on practice.
  4. Describe and explain various types of mental illness and its effect on a service users. Explore the way in which stigma surrounding mental health can lead to further social isolation and exclusion of people experiencing mental illness.
  5. Outline an understanding of the options for supporting and caring for older people in Irish society. Describe the different forms of abuse older people may be subjected to.
  6. Identify some of the reasons why children may be placed in the care of the State and demonstrate an understanding of the different types of care settings in which these children may be placed such as: as foster care, residential care, high support care and secure care.
  7. Discuss some of the challenges faced by those who experience addiction problems and their families. Explain and apply the wheel of change model in the treatment of addictions.
  8. Identify some of he challenges faced by people who become homeless and outline the services that are available to them.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
What is social care?
The role of the social care worker
Social care and disability
Working with older people
Focus on children and families
Mental health
Domestic violence
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay Essay demonstrating the understanding of the role of a social care worker in a specific setting which with incorporate in one of the following learnign outcome 3,4,5,6,7,8. 1,2 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 3,4,5,6,7,8 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study No Description 5.50 Every Week 5.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • O Connor,T and Murphy, M 2006, Social Care in Ireland, CIT Press
  • Fahlberg, V, A Child’s Journey Through Placement, BAAF, 1994
  • Sussex, F and Scourfield, P 2004, Social Care Level 4, Heinman
  • Miller, J 2006, Social Care Practice, Hodder and Stoughton
  • Mc Keown, K, A guide to what works in family support services, Stationery Office 2000 or www.dohc.ie
  • National Disability Authority, Public Attitudes to Disability in the Republic of Ireland, NDA 2002 www.nda.ie
  • Scrutton,S, Counselling Older People, Arnold, 1999
  • Priestly, M. 2003, Disability, A Life Course Approach,, Polity, Cambridge.
  • Share, P. and Lalor, K. 2009, Applied Social Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland., 2nd Ed. Ed., Gill and Macmillan Dublin
  • Williams, P. 2006, Social Work with People with Learning Difficulties
  • O’Dell 2006, Older People in Modern Ireland. Essays on Law and Policy., First Law Limited Dublin.
  • Ingleby, E. 2006, Applied Psychology for Social Work . ., Chpt 4, Learning Matters. Exeter.
  • Considine, M & Dukelow, F. 2009, Irish Social Policy: A Critical Introduction., Gill & Macmillian. Dublin
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Charleton, M 2007, Ethics for Social Care in Ireland,, Gill and Macmillan Dublin,
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 1 Mandatory
DK_BSSC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care 1 Mandatory
DK_HCSSC_C Higher Certificate in Arts in Social Care 1 Mandatory