OnlineSession 2N/A

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

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Hughes, M & Wearing, M, 2017, Organisations and Management in Social Work: Everyday Action for Change, 3rd edn, Sage, London. ISBN: 9781473934528.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour  (12 weeks)
Case study35%
Discussion board15%

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