This module can be taken as a stand lone module or the credits can be put towards the MA in Advanced Social Work. It is possible to exit from the MA in Advance Social Work with a Post Graduate Certificate (60 credits) or Post Graduate Diploma (120 credits). Applications are open to social workers in any sector with at least one year’s post-qualifying experience.
In order to build relationships with and work alongside people it is important for social workers to be able to harness knowledge and understanding of the many different facets of people’s identities and elements in their lives that have an impact on their experience, thinking and behaviour.
This module will enable social workers to review and update their understanding and knowledge of matters of equality and diversity in society and consider the impact of these for social work practice. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their professional experience as well as refresh their knowledge of theoretical and conceptual ideas in this area.
There will be 3 specific teaching/learning sessions (see dates below) and participants will also be expected to undertake independent study and activities as part of this module.
The module will incorporate individual activities, group work/discussions, research, literature and the experience participants bring from their own professional involvement in practice.
- Understanding of key theories and concepts in social work practice within a diverse society
- Be able to apply theoretical concepts in the area of equality and diversity to social work practice
- Understand the interplay between self and individuals/families in the ways which equality and diversity issues are understood in social work.
Knowledge and Skills Statements
Matters of diversity have an impact on all aspects of social work activity, including organisational issues, so the module will support social workers in all aspects of their role and most specifically in the following frameworks:
KSS for child and family practitioners:
1. Relationship and direct work
6. Child and family assessment
7. Analysis, decision-making, planning and review
9. The role of supervision
KSS for social workers in adult services:
3. Person-centred practice
6. Effective assessments and outcome based planning
7. Direct work with individuals and families
8. Supervision, critical reflection and analysis