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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HECS5293M Social Work with Adults

15 creditsClass Size: 30

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Robin Graham

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry criteria for MA programme

Module replaces

HECS5164M Working with Adults

This module is not approved as an Elective


- Analyse and critically reflect on themes, including historical developments in social policy, in relation to social care and adults
- To critically assess how provision for adults in the UK is influenced by social, cultural, economic and political factors and make international comparisons.
- To evaluate the social work task within statutory and non- statutory provision for adults across a range of service user groups.
- To demonstrate critical understanding of the changing nature of social care provision for adults, demonstrating an understanding of the role of social workers in adapting to, managing and contributing to that process of change.
- To apply understanding of rights, diversity values and ethics to social care practice
- To reflect on the provision of adult social care in the UK in comparison to other countries

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module Students will be able to;
1. Analyse the provision of adult social care within an international context
2. Critically evaluate the major historical, legislative, social and policy themes and developments in social work with adults including the influence of social, cultural, economic and political factors.
3. Critically and reflectively appraise the major life-course issues affecting adulthood with a focus on how developmental norms are socially and historically constructed.
4. Synthesis the social and medical models of disability, older age and mental health.
5. Evaluate the processes whereby people are socially disadvantaged and excluded, incorporating the ways in which social work responds to social exclusion, inequality diversity and individuals' own stories.
6. Have a comprehensive awareness of our own values and relationship with adulthood and old age.
7. Be able to critically appraise social work tasks with adults within a range of agency settings and how these tasks must balance care, protection, empowerment and service user choice.
8. Critically explore international research and perspectives in relation to adulthood and old age
9. Critically analyse key Adult Safeguarding policy and procedures, guided by Serious Care Reviews
10. Critically explore the key skills required when undertaking assessments and working in partnership with service users and carers

Skills outcomes
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4
6.1, 6.2
8.4, 8.8
9.1, 9.3
13.1, 13.2, 13, 13.4
14.5, 14.6, 14.7

Professionalism 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.9
Values & ethics 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Diversity 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
Rights etc 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
Knowledge 5.1 to 5.12
Reflection & analysis 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6
Intervention & skills 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.10, 7.12, 7.13
Contexts/organisations 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.5, 8.7


- The life course and the nature of adulthood in society. Historical social, cultural and political perspectives.
- Social division, inequality, oppression and diversity in relation to adults
- Social and psychological explanations of adulthood, ageing, mental health, disability and other issues affecting vulnerable adults
- Drugs and alcohol and older people
- International perspectives on adulthood, ageing and social provision of care.
- Stories/narratives of adulthood; professional, service user and carer perspectives
- The application of social work law and government policy to work with adults including 'vulnerable adults'.
- Inter-professional, collaborative and multi-agency issues in working with adults in health and social care
- The nature of social care provision and practice with adults in statutory and non-statutory settings
- Communication with vulnerable adults
- Assessment of adults in different service sectors
- Research discussions re hospital discharge planning and Medicines Management in Care homes

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning41.004.00
Independent online learning hours26.00
Private study hours88.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent learning activities will incorporate case study and theoretical materials.
Private study time will be undertaken in relation to self-directed reading / activities set after each lecture to develop, incorporate and critically review their own learning in order to seek to maximise progress. Students will also be expected to read and to prepare for lectures and group activities within this allocated time. They will also be expected to search out relevant material for your use in both of their assignments

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

During the module students will be required to undertake group work and complete formative tasks. This will help develop their learning and prepare them for the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:37:18


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