Progressive Human Services Practice I

Course code SPSW3413
Not available in 2016

Description

Introduces students to a fully developed model of empowering progressive welfare practice through groupwork and casework. This course assumes an analysis which constantly links the causes of personal and social problems to the problems in the socio-economic structure, rather than to inadequacies inherent in individual people or in socially disadvantaged minority groups. This course offers students the opportunity to develop skills in offering structural explanations to personal problems and explore the ramifications of such an analysis in groupwork and casework practice.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of structural analysis by which personal problems can be traced to causes in the wider socio-economic political structure.

2. Demonstrate an ability to provide a critique of the existing social, political and economic arrangements.

3. Demonstrate an ability to critically analyze the social control functions of the welfare profession and welfare system.

4. Demonstrate an informed ability in offering structural explanations to personal problems; and evidence an ability to explore the ramifications of such an analysis in terms of groupwork and casework practice.

5. Demonstrate a developed commitment to the goals of personal liberation, social justice and social change.

Content

The content of this course involves examining theoretically and developing applied practice methods in:

  • structural analysis whereby personal problems can be traced to causes in the socio-economic structure.
  • providing a critique of the existing social, political and economic arrangements.
  • analysing social control functions of the welfare profession and welfare system.
  • offering structural explanations to personal problems and explore the ramifications of such an analysis in group work and casework practice.

Assumed Knowledge

SPSW1401

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay

Presentation: Class presentation and written report

Contact Hours