Core Module Information
Module title: Negotiating the Legal and Ethical Landscape

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11114
Module leader: Elizabeth Anne McKay
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

In this module you will explore how the law defines the duties and powers of social workers. The module provides an overview of the origins of law, the Scottish legal system, and key social work legislation across Children and Families, Criminal Justice and Adult Services. The legislation is examined within the context of the codes of practice for social service workers and an understanding of human rights, including people’s rights to privacy and to govern and determine their own lives and outcomes. The module will ask you to reflect upon the ways in which the law may be an instrument for both empowerment and oppression, and the ethical debates related to the central tensions of care, control and risk inherent within the social work role. The module is practical and based clearly upon an appreciation of the ways in which a critical understanding of the legislation is both necessary and useful in day-to-day practice.
This module is designed to address four main SiSWE learning foci: Units 1, 2, 3, 4

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Evaluate the statutory framework governing social work practice in Scotland across a range of service user groups
LO2: Debate conflicts of human rights and ethics in relation to social work with different service user groups
LO3: Critically discuss service user involvement in decision making processes within health and social care
LO4: Critically examine the complex relationships in social work practice between care, control and justice with reference to legislation, policy, theory and the code of practice for social service workers

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Peter Yates
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a blend of online materials (LO1, LO2), some lecture input (LO2-4), and classroom-based discussion (LO2-4). Learning will be organised and structured around case study material in order to relate theoretical learning to real-world practice. Online materials will guide you through key instructional information and direct you towards further reading, which can then be clarified in the classroom (LO1, LO2), before facilitating classroom discussion to promote debate regarding conflicts of ethics and human rights and the central tensions between care, control and justice (LO2-4). Practitioners, and where possible service users and carers, will be invited to participate in the discussions in order to support your ability to relate the theoretical material to social work practice (LO1, LO4) and to consider the involvement of service users as partners in decision making (LO3). Following an introductory class to outline the module, its purpose and assessment tasks, the cycle of online learning, classroom clarification and group discussion will be repeated as the module progresses so that your learning continues to deepen and becomes more sophisticated and complex (LO2-4).

Academic Regulation F5 applies to this module, stipulating that a minimum of 80% attendance is required in order to be eligible to undertake the assessment. Please see the myProgramme student handbook for further guidance.

Formative Assessment:
You will be asked to participate in a small group presentation providing evidence of your learning relating to a service user within a case study. Different groups will present on different service users. Learning and feedback from the presentations will inform the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
You will be asked to submit a 4,000 word assignment relating to service users within a case study from all three principal areas of social work, which provides evidence of all learning outcomes for the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 15
Face To Face Lecture 20
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 153
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3 & 4 34 , WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC11114 Negotiating the legal and ethical landscape of social work