Module SXP-2020:
Personal Social Services

Module Facts

Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Mr Malcolm John

Overall aims and purpose

  1. Trace the development of the Personal Social Services in England and Wales.
  2. Consider the importance of values in social work and social care, in particular the significance of anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.
  3. Examine the personal social needs of service users such as children and families, older people, people with disabilities, and people who experience mental health problems.
  4. Examine how the personal social needs of service users are met by implementing policies such as 'care in the community', a 'mixed economy of welfare', and 'person centred caring' and co-production , with a specific focus on developments in Wales.
  5. Consider the future of the Personal Social Services in view of the current policies of government

Course content

This module traces the development of the Personal Social Services in Wales and England , and analyzes the organisation of the services.Consideration is given to the importance of values in social work and social care and in particular the emphasis given to anti-discriminatory and anti-oppresive practice.The contemporary social framework is explored, and the module also examines the personal social needs of groups such as children and families, older people , people with disabilities, and people who experience mental health problems.The module examines how these needs can be met by implementing policies such as Care in the Community and the Mixed Economy of Care.Consideration is given to developments and provision within some other European Union countries.The future of the Personal Social Services is also considered in view of current government policies.

Lecture Programme:

Lecture 1: An introduction to the module- what is the Personal Social Services? Lecture 2: The development of the Personal Social Services Lecture 3: The values of social care and social work Lecture 4: Poverty, Social Exclusion and Social Work Lecture 5: Child Protection: Definitions and significant developments /Theories of child abuse Lecture 6: Looked After Children (Foster Care, Adoption and Group Care) Lecture 7: Reading week Lecture 8: Community Care Policy and the Mixed Economy of Care Lecture 9: Older People in Society (including Dementia) Lecture 10: Physical Disability and Learning Disability – developments in policy and practice Lecture 11: Mental Illness – models of causation Lecture 12: The Future of the Personal Social Services /Review and Revision

Assessment Criteria

threshold

In order to succeed at this level it is expected that students are able to meet the learning outcomes at a satisfactory standard. Students will have a general understanding of the development of the Personal Social Services, and the influence of Social Work values .The students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of personal social needs, and be able to satisfactorily describe the different methods and policies used to try to meet identified needs. Students will also be able to deal generally with the challenges facing the Personal Social Services in the future.

good

In order to succeed at this level it is expected that students are able to meet the learning outcomes at a good standard. Students will have a mature understanding of the development of the Personal Social Services, and the influence of Social Work values .The students will be able to demonstrate a good understanding of personal social needs, and be able to provide a good explanation of the different methods and policies used to try to meet identified needs. Students will also be able to examine in detail the challenges facing the Personal Social Services in the future

excellent

In order to succeed at this level it is expected that students are able to meet the learning outcomes at an excellent standard. Students will have a thorough understanding of the development of the Personal Social Services, and the influence of Social Work values. The students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of personal social needs, and be able to provide a detailed explanation of the different methods and policies used to try to meet identified needs. Students will also be able to provide a comprehensive account of the challenges facing the Personal Social Services in the future.

Learning outcomes

  1. Show awareness of how the Personal Social Services developed in England and Wales, and in particular of the influence of philanthropy, mutual support, and self help.

  2. Recongnise the influence of traditional and radial value on social work and social care practice.

  3. Understand the different social needs of service users.

  4. Analyse the different methods used in trying to meet the needs of service users and the effect of different policies, particulary those developed in Wales.

  5. Understand the difficulties and challenges facing the Personal Social Services in the future.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY 2,000 word essay S1 50
EXAM 2-hour examination S1 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
 

The module will draw upon the following teaching methods: Lectures, seminars, tutorials, Blackboard, internet, library work.

 
Lecture 200

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Critically evaluate the mixed economy of welfare and the interrelationships between health and social care and between the agencies, practitioners and individuals involved in their provision;
  • Explain the origins and nature of the social organisation of healthcare and associated services in advanced industrialised and majority world societies globally;
  • Evaluate the impact of difference and diversity on the incidence and experience of illness;
  • Capacity to identify and describe the causes and consequences of social order and change in specific contexts.
  • Use the theories and concepts of social policy and other social sciences to analyse policy problems and issues
  • Undertake either on their own, or in collaboration with others, investigations of social questions, issues and problems, using statistical and other data derived from research publications.
  • Analyse and discuss social policy and related issues distinguishing between normative and empirical questions
  • Y gallu i gynnal ymchwil polisi cymdeithasol neu gymdeithasegol annibynnol
  • Become cognizant with key conceptual debates within the field of contemporary social policy
  • Appreciate the value of and apply theoretical and methodological rigour to analyses of welfare issues;
  • Be aware of the ethical, social and political contexts within which social policy practice and research is conducted and delivered
  • Develop a sophisticated understanding of the processes of social policy analysis and evaluation.
  • Develop a knowledge and expertise with respect to a range of evidence-based policy making and practice.

Resources

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