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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

Unit description

Examines the organisational context of social work practice. Analyses the relevance of organisational, leadership and management theories for social work. Highlights the constraints organisations place on social work’s professional agenda, as well as the opportunities to promote social justice through organisational practice. Emphasises the potential for social workers to lead organisational change initiatives.

Unit content

1. Social work in organisations
2. Theorising organisations and management
3. Organisational change
4. Organisational communication
5. Teamwork and collaboration
6. Risk and decision making
7. Leadership
8. Supervision
9. Accountability and whistleblowing
10. Client & worker experiences

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1use organisational theories to analyse social work organisations and managementKnowledge of a discipline
2explain important organisational issues involved in social work practice, including relationships with management, and the need for effective communication within and across organisationsKnowledge of a discipline
3critically reflect on the role social workers can take in leading and facilitating organisational change, particularly in order to promote social justiceEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
4critically reflect on ethical issues involved in organisational practice and the workers’ and clients’ experience of organisational life.Ethical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. use organisational theories to analyse social work organisations and management
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explain important organisational issues involved in social work practice, including relationships with management, and the need for effective communication within and across organisations
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. critically reflect on the role social workers can take in leading and facilitating organisational change, particularly in order to promote social justice
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. critically reflect on ethical issues involved in organisational practice and the workers’ and clients’ experience of organisational life.
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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