Core Module Information
Module title: Working with individuals, families and communities

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

Module code: HSC11153
Module leader: Evangelia Petropoulou
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:

This module will give you the opportunity to develop and practise communication skills (verbal, non-verbal and symbolic) and to develop skills in self-awareness, self-reflection, and personal resilience. Specific frameworks/approaches relating to children, vulnerable adults and marginalised groups will be explored. Recognising that you are beginning to develop your professional identity as a social worker and an understanding of your own and others’ roles. This will include reflecting on your personal values and how they underpin your social work practice. You will consider the use of self and issues of power and difference in communication with people receiving services and their carers and between practitioners within multi-disciplinary teams. You will explore a number of different theories and methods of communication, such as motivational interviewing, solution-focused approaches, systems approaches and crisis intervention, and their application. This module is an introductory module in working with children and families and communities and is precursor to the Safeguarding and Public Protection module delivered in year 2.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically evaluate the underpinning theories of community and team working.
LO2: Critically reflect upon communication skills, use of self and personal values in inter-professional working.
LO3: Critically reflect upon issues of power and difference and the complexities of working in partnership.
LO4: Exercise and evaluate appropriate judgement while communicating interventions in social work practice.
LO5: Critically consider professional requirements and ethical dilemmas in relation to information sharing and recording.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Evangelia Petropoulou
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: 1-5) and assist you in developing transferable skills. These methods will include small group work tasks, community activities, and theoretical knowledge. People in receipt of services and/or carers will be invited guests to assist you in your understanding of social work skills, use of self and personal values.

Within this module you will be examining your own communication skills, use of self and personal values in inter-professional working, issues of power and difference and the complexities of working in partnership will also be explored. These skills will be evidenced through classroom discussion, debate and practice, using different social work scenarios (LO2 ad 3). Theories, of community and team working will be examined through an exploration of local communities and teams (LO 1). Appropriate judgement through social work interventions will be presented by people in receipt of services and/ or carers (LO4). Ethical dilemmas will be considered alongside professional requirements, in relation to information sharing and recording through group exercises (LO5).

You will also be provided with pre-reading and set tasks prior to some teaching sessions. 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 assessment, will provide you with an opportunity to practice your presentation skills in relation to your own social work ethics and values. Having practiced your presentation skills, your summative assignment will allow you to develop these further, by summarizing and reflecting of your learning from this module.

Formative Assessment:
You will be asked to give a short oral presentation to your group reflecting on your professional social work values and the communication skills you have learned. Peer feedback with lecturer support.

Summative Assessment:
You will be asked to give an oral 10 minutes presentation reflecting on your learning from the module, including a role play exercise relating to a dilemma of a person receiving services and/or their carer. Following the presentation there will be a 5minute question and answer session from the class. (Week 14).

*Students will only 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
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 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
Oral Presentation 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 14/15 HOURS= 00.15
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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