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Developing Social Work Practice - SPY00072M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Edward Robson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module builds on the Readiness for Practice module in the Autumn and early-Spring terms of Year 1, with the aim of extending students ability to:

  • reflect upon, analyse and theorise their practice
  • enhance their skills in assessment and intervention
  • deepen their understanding of service-user groups and social issues relevant to social work practice
  • develop a critical understanding of organisations related to social work
  • understand the theory and practice of inter-professional working
  • explore the nature and role of ICT in contemporary social work practice.

Relationship to the domains of the PCF

This module aims to contribute to the ability of students to demonstrate that they have reached the end of placement 1 level descriptors in the following principle domains:

  • professionalism
  • values and ethics
  • critical reflection and analysis
  • intervention and skills

and to contribute to their capabilities in these additional domains:

  • diversity
  • rights, justice and economic wellbeing
  • values and ethics
  • knowledge
  • professional leadership

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • A developed understanding of the processes of reflection and its relationship to supervision
  • The ability to use critical reflective thinking in order to describe and analyse their personal and professional development, particularly during Placement 1, using creativity and imagination
  • The ability to use critical reflective thinking in relation to a case study
  • A developed understanding of a range of models for assessment and intervention in social work practice, including risk assessment and management, and the ability to apply some appropriately to a case study
  • A critical understanding of the role ICT in social work
  • An understanding of inter-professional, multidisciplinary working

Academic and graduate skills

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • identify and reflect upon both personal and professional learning
  • apply and adapt theory for lived world situations


Task Length % of module mark
3000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
3000 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback matrix, 4 weeks

Indicative reading

  • Banks, S. (2006) Ethics and Values in Social Work, 3rd Edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Bolton, G. (2005) Reflective Practice: Writing & Professional Development, 2nd Edition, London: Sage Publications
  • Cree, V. & Davies, A. (2007) Inside Social Work, London: Routledge
  • Doel, M. & Best, L. (2008) Experiencing Social Work: Learning from Service Users, London:Sage Publications
  • Fook, J. (2002) Social Work: Critical Theory and Practice, London: Sage Publications
  • Fook, J. & Gardner, F. (2007) Practising Critical Reflection: A Resource Handbook, Maidenhead: McGraw Hill
  • Howe, D. (2008) The emotionally intelligent social worker, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Jones, S. (2009) Critical Learning for Social Work Students, Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.
  • Kolb, D.A. (1984) Experiential Leap: Experience as a Source of Learning. Prentice Hall, Eaglewood Cliffs.
  • Moon, J.A. (2006) Learning Journals: A handbook for reflective and professional development, 2nd Edition, Abingdon: Routledge Falmer Moon, J.A. (2008) Critical thinking - an exploration of theory and practice, Abingdon: Routledge Falmer
  • Munro, E. (2011) The Munro Review of Child Protection: Final Report - A child-centred system, Cm 8062, The Stationary Office, Norwich. Available at:
  • Sch ¶n, D. (1991) The Reflective Practitioner, London: Arena Ashgate
  • Thompson, S. & Thompson, N. (2008)The Critically Reflective Practitioner, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Trevithick, P (2012) Social Work Skills and Knowledge: a practice handbook (3rd edition). Maidenhead: Open University Press.


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