Module Title:Community-based Social Care Services
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: • Lectures - communicating knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • Peer learning – moderated by the lecturer, students will work in small groups, as ‘teams’ to work interdependently to profile community-based projects and present to the class in a ‘world-café’ style teaching & learning exercise • Guest lectures – the module will be complimented with selected guest lectures from industry to demonstrate how evidence informed practice operates. • Self-Directed Independent Learning – the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials to assist independent learning.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to support learners develop an awareness of social care work within community-based services contexts. Specifically, the module will consider social care work within the context of community-based projects including youth-work based and community development projects which are aimed at social participation and integration of citizens at risk of marginalized and isolation.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Distinguish community-orientated (macro-practice) from individual or family (micro-practice) focused social care services. (D1. p 8; D2. p.3, 4, 12, ; D3. p. 1,4, D4. D.5 p.1, 2,3,6,11,13, 15)
LO2 Consider how principles of community-orientated practice operates within emerging community-based social care fields of practice i.e. youth-service and community development-based settings i.e. juvenile justice, addiction, homelessness, victims of intimate partner violence early-school leavers, aging, traveller, migrant and LGBT+ populations (D1. p,1, 5, 8; D2. p1,2 .3, 4, 12, ; D3. p. 1,9, D4. p.4; 6 D.5 p.1, 2,3,5,6,11,13, 14,15, 16,17)
LO3 Critically reflect on the applicability of community orientated practice to placement-based practice learning or practice examples within contemporary debates relevant to service planning and delivery. (D1. p,1,6 8,15,17, 19; D2. p1,2 .3, 4,5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13 ; D3. p. 1,9, D4. p.4; D.5 p.1, 2,3,6,11,13, 14, 15)
LO4 Demonstrate the ability to gather and use information to effectively plan and deliver community based social care services in line with relevant environmental and governance structures. (D1. p 8; D2. p1,2 .3, 4, 10, 12, ; D3. p. 1,6, 8, 9, D4. p.4; D.5 p.1, 2,3,6,11,13, 15)
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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

9389 SERV H2404 Community-based Social Care Services
9449 PRTC H1436 Professional Social Care Practice Contexts Models and Legal System
9516 DEVL H1405 Professional Social Care Theory and Practice
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Community orientated practice
Defining 'community', community work and community development Distinguishing features of macro/community orientated practice Models of macro practice - community development, youth work, social pedagogy, social action theory. Macro level relationships in service delivery (D1. p,1, 23; D2. p.3, 4, 9, 12, 14; D3. p. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 15, D4. p.4; D.5 p.1, 4, 7, 14)
Community-orientated services
Creative community initiatives; Diversion projects, Local development companies, Family Resource Centres, addiction services, homeless services, school & youth work-based projects for ageing, traveller, migrant and LGBT+ populations. Service planning, project management, funding and governance. (D1. p.1, 23; D2. p.3, 4, 5, 9; D3. p.1, 2, 3, 4, 15 D 4. p.1; D.5 p.1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 19)
Community Work Values and Standards
Standards of community based work, human rights based approach, social justice, participation, empowerment, equality, anti-discrimination, Collectivity. Critical consideration of governance structures; (funding, resource allocation, neoliberalism, managerialism, marketisation) (D1. p. 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 19; D2. p.1, 10, 14, 15, 16; D3. p. 6, 9, 12; D5. p. 1. 2, 3. 5. 6, 14, 15)
Practice reflection
Apply the concept of macro practice to placement-based learning acquired in the first semester. (D1. p. 1, 2, 3, 23; D2. p.3, 4; D3. p.15 D4. p. 1, 2, 3; 6; D.5 p.1, 4, 6, 7, 13, 14, 19)
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project A combination of individual and small group work producing a project demonstrating students understanding of the principles of community-based practice and its application to community orientated social care service provision for a marginalized service user group. (D1-1,5,6,8,15,17,19. D2- D3 - 1,4,8,9,D4 - 4,6 D5 - 1,2,3,5,6,11,13,14,15,16,17) 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
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 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Tutorial 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 5.73
Assignment Every Week 1.00
Assignment Twice per semester 0.27
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHPSC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Professional Social Care Practice 4 Mandatory
CW_HHSST_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies 2 Mandatory
CW_HHPSC_D Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice 4 Mandatory