Module Title:Contemporary Issues in Social Care
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises – students will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various social care scenarios. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. • Self-Directed Independent Learning – the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The Aim of this subject is to assist students’ appraisal of key issues in contemporary practice and to help the devise an equity based response to these issues
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Construct loss as a non-infinite process
LO2 Create a practice understanding of the issues related to the treatment of sexual offenders
LO3 Critically analyse the cultural and social influences that form and perpetuate identity.
LO4 Evaluate issues surrounding working with addiction and interventions used in addiction services
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
• Theories of Loss & Bereavement – Kubler Ross, Sliverman, Wilson, Walter, Freud, Bowlby, Parks, Psychoanalytic Theory • Breadth of loss beyond death - Same sex couples, Grief in the workplace, Hidden relationships, Suicide, HIV and Aids, Moves & Life Changes • Tasks of Mourning - Grief counselling – Worden, Dual process model – Stroebe and Schut
Sexual offending treatment issues
• Models of sexual offending • Cycle of sexual offending - Finkelhor • Sexual Offenders treatment needs - Briggs • Cognitive, social, developmental, relationship, education intervention • Assessment of re-offending risk, assessing responsiveness to treatment 4 involvement in treatment & harm reduction • Irish / International Programmes
Models of addiction, the Disease concept, Public health model, Self Medication, Redefining Addiction to include, sex, internet, gambling, alcohol and self harm, The Recovery Process: Browns Model, Alcoholic Typology - Jellinek Treating Addiction: Relapse prevention, 12 step programme, Self help and support groups
Diversity & Identity Development
Defining Identity and elements of adversity Stigma, Spoiled Identity Personal Value system & Connection with professional Practice
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project n/a 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 170.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 1.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 4 Mandatory