Core Module Information
Module title: Legal, Policy and Ethical Frameworks

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

Module code: HSC11148
Module leader: Sarah Rose
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 nature of legal authority, the application of legislation in practice, statutory responsibility and conflicts between law, policy and practice. 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 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.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the statutory frameworks governing social work practice in Scotland Across a range of service areas of people receiving services and their carers.
LO2: Debate conflicts of human rights and ethics in relation to social work.
LO3: Critically discuss the involvement of people receiving services and their carers in decision making processes.
LO4: Critically examine the relationship between the people receiving services and their social worker, while considering the care vs. control debate, legislation, policy and relevant theory.

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: Sarah Rose
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will draw on a wide range of learning and teaching methods to allow you to evidence the learning outcomes (LO:1-4). The learning and teaching methods will include classroom debate, interactive lectures, use of a case study, and student presentations. Specific specialist lectures will include academics from the law department where you will explore interprofessional approaches in relation to social work form a criminological and sociological perspectives.

Within this module you will be able to explore statutory frameworks governing social work in Scotland, that impact on people in receipt of services and carers through case work examples (LO1). Using classroom debate, you will consider conflicts of human rights and ethics in relation to social work both nationally and globally (LO2). You will critically examine the relationship between people in receipt of services and their social worker whilst considering the tension between care and control. This will be through classroom debate and examination of legislation, policy, and practice. You will also consider people in receipt of services and contribute to decision making processes and factors that may hinder the involvement through case scenarios (LO3 &4).

This module, underpinned by research-informed practice will incorporate critical discussion, analysis and critique of theoretical frameworks which will be applied to practice examples. Embedded in this module will be links to the SiSWE, social work values and consideration of ethically and culturally sensitive practice.

The formative assignment based on the small group presentation, provides both you and us, as module leads, an opportunity to ensure you are on track with your understanding and appreciation of the module. The formative assignment forms the basis of the summative assessment which is an open book in-class test.

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:
Drawing on your learning from the module and formative assessment, including feedback, you will be required to complete an open book class test relating to people receiving services within a case study. Time allowance total 3 hours. (Week 15).
* Students will normally be able to submit the summative assessment only if they have attained a minimum of 80% attendance of the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 100 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 03.00
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC 11148 Legal, Policy and Ethical Frameworks