Semester 1

library insideThe first semester of the ADVANCES course is spent at the University of Lincoln and provides a shared foundation in the principles, skills, theories and knowledge of social work.  Special attention will be paid to communication and inter-professional learning.  You also receive support to develop and extend your academic skills, ensuring that you have effective techniques for postgraduate study.  

Module 1: Core Academic Skills (5 ECTS)

Description

This module is designed to support students in their learning by providing high-level generic skills.  Sessions include: evidence-based practice, reflective learning, academic reading and writing, professional development planning and presentation skills.  A second foreign language other English is a key element of the module

Teaching Methods

Workshops, seminars, reflective exercises, guided use of open learning materials, language courses.

Assessment

A portfolio of evidence and reflection (100%)

Module 2: Critical Knowledge and Perspectives on Society (10 ECTS)

Description

The module develops a comprehensive and critical knowledge of contemporary social issues and social work, particularly in an international context.  Students will critically appraise individual and community needs, risks and care implementation within a framework of diversity, rights and social inclusion.  Through an emphasis on client perspectives they will learn about the policies and systems that have emerged around the world to support well-being.

Teaching Methods

Core lectures; invited speakers; reading group; problem-based small group work; student presentations; structured debates.

Assessments 

Training presentation (50%) and written assignment (50%)

Module 3:  Advanced Theories, Methods and Interventions (5 ECTS)

Description

This module examines the theories, methods and interventions that support successful social work. It will look at ways to make sense of the problems and issues confronting individuals, groups and communities.  The module thus integrates reflection on personal and professional values with the study of substantive frameworks guiding professional actions and interventions.  Students will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of work with individuals, groups and communities according to a range of criteria, including anti-oppressive practice.

Teaching Methods

Core lectures; Keynote speakers, including service users and advocacy groups; problem-based large and small group work; debate

Assessments

Case-Study based exam (50%) and simulation exercise (50%)

Module 4: Communication and Creativity in Social Work (5 ECTS)

Description

The module will provide students with an interdisciplinary range of theoretical and applied perspectives to support communication and creativity in practice. It will examine theoretical and applied aspects of sensitively interacting with communities, groups and individual service users to define and meet needs, including through community based methods, approaches and initiatives. Critical reflection on the use of ‘self’ and the application of ethical values in professional practice will be given a central place within this module.

Teaching Methods

Core lectures; skills laboratory led by academics, invited speakers and community groups; problem-based large and small group work.

Assessments 

Work in a skills-based laboratory setting (50%) and reflective assignment (50%)

Module 5: Working within Social and Public Spaces (5 ECTS)

Description

The module focuses on the situated nature of practice and fact that practitioners work within ‘public’ and ‘social’ spaces. It will conceptualise personal actions and influences as culturally complex, networked, multiply configured and requiring flexibility and reflexivity. This framework will then be extended to consider the role of social workers in public and multi-disciplinary settings. Students will thus examine the knowledge, policies and theories that support collaboration with professionals from different fields.  

Teaching Methods

Core lectures; invited speakers; social network analysis in a practice setting; problem-based small group work; debate and discussion-led seminars.

Assessments

Detailed case study (100%)