The ADVANCES MA in Social Work course has been designed in line with key international documents on social work, including:
- The Global Standards for the Education and Training of the Social Work Profession endorsed by the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) and International Association of Schools of Work (IASSW)
- The Global Agenda on Social Work and Social Development being developed by IFSW and partners
- Statements on social work education from national and international professional organisations, e.g. European Association of Schools of Social Work and the USA’s Council on Social Work Education
- Charter of Rights for Social Workers produced by IFSW Europe
On completion of the Programme students will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical analysis and skills to examine the purpose and context of social work, showing substantial knowledge and understanding of the international, national and local contexts of practice, including current issues and future forecasting.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate different aspects of knowledge, skills and values in social work and to analyse, assess and manage complex cross national issues and contexts when responding to human problems.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically, independently and creatively identify innovative interventions in social work service delivery, including the understanding and knowledge to develop entrepreneurial responses to promote social cohesion and integration.
- Promote values and ethics of social work and synthesise intercultural knowledge, particularly in providing support and promoting change for those experiencing multiple disadvantages and in cross cultural environments, with an emphasis on social justice.
- Demonstrate proficiency to participate in international and national projects and developmental work within the area of social work
- Demonstrate the ability to critically, independently and creatively contextualise the knowledge, skills and values of social work, with critical refection in practice and on practice, and to identify further knowledge and skill development and be responsible for their own proficiency