Core Module Information
Module title: Public protection in a changing and complex global context

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

Module code: HSC11115
Module leader: Kate Fennell
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:

12. Module Content
This module considers the changing and sometimes global nature of public protection across the lifespan. The module examines the common principles of different forms of public protection, the socially constructed nature of abuse, and challenges the thresholds for the involvement of the State in private and family life. It draws comparisons with the responses of other jurisdictions and explores ‘new’ situations of abuse, such as facilitated by modern technologies. The module takes a more complex approach to risk by addressing situations where people may be both vulnerable and present risks to others, and considers different models for professional responses, including the possibility for harm to be caused by professional intervention.

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: Critically explore vulnerability and related concepts in the context of the public protection agenda
LO2: Evaluate the extent to which legislation, policy, the codes of practice for social service workers and employers, and different professional practices contribute to reducing risk and improving outcomes for children and adults who are vulnerable
LO3: Debate the position of contemporary social work within historical and comparative perspectives including European and International contexts

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, some lecture input, and classroom-based discussion, with the involvement of guest speakers including practitioners and service users to complement the input from academic staff. Teaching will be organised and structured around particular themes. Online materials will guide you through key instructional information and direct you towards further reading (LO1), which can then be clarified and debated in the classroom (LO3) in order to draw out some of the complexities of the materials. Throughout the module you will be encouraged to discuss and debate findings and recommendations from a range of resources such as national policies, relevant research, and child abuse and adult abuse inquiry reports (LO2), as well as undertaking your own research to explore practice in other jurisdictions (LO3).

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 provide an outline and essay plan for your summative assignment.

Summative Assessment:
You will be asked to submit an essay on a particular subject of public protection and explore the topic in relation to all three learning outcomes for the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 33
Online Guided independent study 33
Independent Learning Guided independent study 134
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 45 , WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC 11115 Public protection in a complex and changing global context