As a social worker you will be making a real difference to some of the most marginalised and at-risk people in society. You could work in child protection, with young people in care, older people, people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health difficulties, homeless people, people with drug dependencies, or with any other group of people with specialist needs. As you help people access essential social services, your interventions can literally be the difference between life and death for extremely vulnerable people.
MA Social Work combines classroom learning and practical experience. You will study the context of social work, legal and policy frameworks, social work theory, psychological and sociological theory, power, discrimination and anti-oppressive practice. You will consolidate this theoretical knowledge with two placements, to put your learning into practice.
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Modules on this course include:
Explore legal frameworks and policy contexts for social work with adults, children, young people and families.
Develop practice skills, explore the role and value base of social work, and understand service user and carer perspectives.
- Theories and Models for Social Work Practice
Critically examine relevant theories, including social and psychological theories, and explore models of intervention.
70-day practice placement, to be arranged by our Practice Learning Coordinator.
- Critical Perspectives in Social Work Practice
Critically evaluate the process of decision-making in social work practice. Examine how legislation, social policy, theory and reflexivity combine to inform the complex decisions needed in social work practice.
Explore research methodologies and methods and their relevance to social work research.
Through researching and writing up a dissertation you will develop specialist knowledge around a specific issue relevant to social work and develop your understanding of research methodologies and methods.
100-day practice placement, to be arranged by our Practice Learning Coordinator.