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
2023/4, 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:

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