SOCS H8022 - Themes and concepts 2

Full Title:Themes and concepts 2
Module Code:SOCS H8022
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2012/13 ( February 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:no description provided
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically evaluate the use of theory to inform social are practice, drawing on experiences from work placement.
  2. Assess various theories such as crises intervention, task centred approach, the strengths perspective and attachment theory and apply these theories to practice.
  3. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of working therapeutically with service users, both adults and children.
  4. Evaluate the importance of ethics and values in social care and an ability to apply an ethical decision making process to a case example.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of oppressive practice by applying this theory to social care practice.
  6. Critically evaluate an understanding of systemic ideas and its usefulness in social care practice through the application of a systemic formulation to practice

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Using theory to inform practice
Evaluating the use of theory in social care practice drawing on experiences from placement.
Anti-oppressive practice
Exploring the personal, cultural and social factors that impact on the oppression of service users and focusing on how social care worker can strive to empower service users rather than further oppressing them through practice.
Systemic ideas.
Introduction to a systemic ideas and the use of a systemic formulation as a tool to facilitate a systemic perspective of a case example from practice
Ethics and Values in Social Care
Introduction to Code of Ethics and the use of an ethical decision making process in guiding practitioners through ethical dilemmas they make encounter
Social Constructionism
An introduction to the ideas of social constructionism and how these ideas are important in assisting the social care worker in remaining mindful of the different perspectives, judgments and values that different parties can hold.
Working with vulnerable adults and children.
An introduction to the Circle of Courage Model which includes a focus on an individual’s need for Mastery, Generosity, Independence and Belonging.
Task centred practice
Focus on the use of task centred and crisis intervention models as short term interventions with service users.
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 Application of Vetere and Dallos (2003) systemic formulation to a case example from practice 1,6 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 1,2,4,5 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
Independent Study n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial n/a 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecture n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dalrymple,J and Burke,B 2003, Anti Oppressive Practice: Social Care and the Law., 1, Open University Press Phildelphia
  • Dominelli,L, Anti-Oppressive Social Work, Theory and Practice,, 4, Palgrave, Hampshire.
  • Burr, V 1995, An Introduction to Social Constructionism,, Routledge, New York
  • Oko, J. 2008, Understanding and Using Theory in Social Work., Chpt. 3, Learning Matters. Exeter.
  • Charleton, M. 2007, Ethics for Social Care in Ireland: Philosophy and Practice., Gill& MacMillian. Dublin
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Banks,S., Ethics, accountability and the social professions, 2004. Palgrave Macmillan, London.
  • Coulshed, V & Orme, J, Social Work Practice An Introduction,, 2006. Palgrave, Macmillan Press.
  • Clark, C. L., Social work ethics : politics, principles and practice, 2000. Palgrave, England.
  • Davies, M., The Blackwell Companion to Social Work, 1997. Blackwell. Oxford
  • Fletcher, K., Partnerships in Social Care, A Handbook for Developing Effective Services, 2006. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. London.
  • Fowler, J., A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents,, 2003. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
  • Gilligan, R., Irish Child Care Services: Policy, Practice and Provision., 1991. Public Administration. Dublin.
  • Hugman, R & Smith, D., Ethical Issues in Social Work,, 1996. Routledge.London.
  • Healy, K., Social Work Theories in Context, 2005. Palgrave, Macmillan London.
  • Ingleby, E., Applied psychology for social work,, 2006. Learning Matters Ltd. Exeter :
  • Monroe, B and Kraus, F., Brief Interventions with Bereaved Children., 2005.Oxford University Press.
  • O’Connor, T. and Murphy, M., Social Care in Ireland: Theory, Policy and Practice, 2006. CIT Press. Cork
  • Payne, M., Modern Social Work Theory, 2005. Palgrave Macmillan. London
  • Saleebey, D., Strengths perspective in social work practice, 2006. Pearson/Allyn & Bacon. Boston.
  • Sussex,F and Scourfield,P, Social Care Level 4,, 2004. Heinman. Oxford.
  • Vetere, A. and Dallos, R., Working Systemically with Families: Formulation , Intervention and Evaluation, 2003. Karnac. London.
  • Worden, W., Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies, 1996. The Guilford Press. London.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Web: Systems Thinking available from tice/files/scie_3_systems%20thinking.ppt #263,1,systems%thinking
  • Web: Social Care Gateway
  • Web: Social Care Online
  • Web: Northern Ireland Social Care Council
  • Web: British Association of Social Workers
  • Web: Irish Association of Social Workers
  • Web: Community and Health – Website and Journal
  • Web: Social Care Magazine
  • Journal: Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 5 Mandatory
DK_BSSC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care 5 Mandatory