Module Title:Introduction to Social Care
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes 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: This aim of this module is to provide learners with the theoretical,and legal context within which social care work operates. Also the module aims to develop students conceptual knowledge so they can articulate their social care work practice approach
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss the professionalization of social care work
LO2 Develop person centred care plans using a needs and rights perspective
LO3 Explain how theoretical frameworks inform social care practice
LO4 Understand how the Irish Legal System interplays with social care principles and practice.
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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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Role of the Social Care Professional
History & professionalization of social care work The role of the social care professional Professional relationship & its boundaries, Reflective Practice Inter-agency co-operation / multi-disciplinary approach to practice Evidence based practice
Rights, needs and person centred care plans
Universal human rights and needs Specific needs of social care service users across field of social care practice - family support, adolescent residential services, disability services, elder care services, advocacy projects - travelling community, addiction, minority groups, homeless services, suicide support Introduction to person-centred care plans
Theories for practice
Sources of knowledge for professional practice The Theory Circle – Collingwood et al (2007) Theoretical frameworks for social care intervention (Payne, 2014) *psycho-dynamic practice *crisis & task centred practice *strengths, narrative & solution focused practice*systems & *ecological practice *empowerment & advocacy *anti-oppressive and culturally sensitive practice *critical practice *humanistic practice, existentialism & spirituality *feminist practice *macro practice & social pedagogy
Introduction to the Irish Legal System:- Constitution; Sources of Law; Courts. - Legal Considerations in social care practice including Accountability, Confidentiality and Consent.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay n/a 1 20.00 Week 8
Project n/a 3 45.00 Week 29
Examination In class exam   35.00 Sem 2 End
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.83
Total Hours 145.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 1 Mandatory
CW_HWASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 1 Mandatory