Module Title:Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Social Care Policy and Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught through lectures, discussion, case-study, problem-based learning, and readings
Module Aim: To introduce key sociological theories of power and their relevance for understanding professional social care policy and practice. To examine sociological definitions and discussions of social groups and social issues of relevance to social care policy and practice.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of sociological interpretations and theories of power D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15
LO2 Demonstrate an awareness of the ways power can operate within social care policy and practice D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15
LO3 Demonstrate a sociological understanding of social groups and social issues of relevance to social care policy and practice D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15
LO4 Demonstrate an ability to examine the power dimensions that impact upon social care professionals, particular social groups and social issues D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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

8834 SOCG H1404 Introduction to Sociology for Social Care Practice
8892 QUAL Introduction to Social Policy for Social Care Practice
9869 SOCG H2401 Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Social Care Policy and Practice
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
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
Sociological Theories of Power
Theories of power and their relevance to social care. Neoliberalism & Privatisation vs Welfarism and Public Service Provision. Managerialism and Professionalism in Social Care Regulation. D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15
Sociology of Health
The Social Context of Health; Sociological Perspectives of Health, Illness, & Wellbeing; Medicine, Healthcare, & Society. D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15
Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
Sociological Perspectives on Gender & Sexuality. D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Sociological Definitions of Race & Ethnicity; Sociological Perspectives on Race, Racism, and Discrimination. D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15
Sociology of Deviance
Sociological Theories of Deviance, Criminalisation & Social Control.D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment25.00%
End of Module Formal Examination75.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies Discussion of specific issue in social care in relation to sociology of power - D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15 1,2,3,4 25.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Summer Examination with discrete questions covering substantive topics addressed in the module D1: P8, P22, P23; D2: P7, P12; D3: P13; D4: 4; D5: P1, P2, P3, P4, P7, P14, P15 1,2,3,4 75.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Tutorial 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning Time 12 Weeks per Stage 6.42
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