PP0431 - Foundations of Health & Social Care Policy and Practice

What will I learn on this module?

Improvements in living standards and the introduction of new technologies have had a significant impact on life expectancy of both older people, who live longer than ever before, and younger people with disabilities, who are enjoying longer and a better quality of life. This module has been designed to allow you to consider ways in which health and social care can be conceptualised and experienced through a variety of different methodologies. These include, exploring levels of analysis and professional and lay perspectives on health and social care. The underpinning eclectic concepts of health and social care will be examined in an integrated way. In addition you will be encouraged to explore ethical issues in health and social care such as equity, choice, need, autonomy, freedom, rationing and justice.

How will I learn on this module?

A wide range of methods will be used including lectures as information giving Sessions, Seminars and discussion groups to help integration and synthesis of the subject area. A variety of approaches to teaching and learning that will support the your individual development. Teaching and learning will be delivered through lectures, supported by student led seminars and debates designed to apply the principles explored and facilitate the critical exploration of topical issues. You will also be expected to support your own learning though directed and self-directed learning activities. The module reading list provides an indicative guide to some of the core texts and other learning resources that support this module, and which will provide a framework for subsequent modules in years 2 and 3 and you will be expected to access these resources and any additional materials for specific lectures and seminars.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will have a named Guidance Tutor, who will provide help and advice at every stage of the programme. The module leader will provide guidance on the content of the module during formal teaching time, and throughout the academic year time will set aside on a regular basis for individual and small group tutorial support should you wish to access this. You will also be provided with the contact details of key module personnel on the e-learning platform. The module handbook, reading lists and module learning materials will also be placed on the e-learning portal and you are strongly advised to access the portal at regular intervals.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Differentiate between conceptual approaches to health and social wellbeing and the assumptions that different paradigms make with respect to the ontological status of the social world in general and health and social care issues in particular.
2. Identify different social contexts of health and wellbeing, and the underpinning sociological theories applied to health and health and social care provision
3. Understand how health and welfare services are organised and managed, including the historical and ideological factors underpinning the provision of health and welfare and the development of policy and its impact on health

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. In conjunction with other modules, continue to develop the academic skills, qualities and competencies expected of students on the programme, including effective approaches to assessment, academic and information literacy and reflection on values, attitudes and assumptions; and how to use appropriate resources expertise on offer within and beyond the programme to support learning

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Develop an awareness of Global, Cultural and Ethical issues in health and social care by considering concepts such as equity, choice, need, autonomy, freedom, rationing and social justice and the associated the underpinning eclectic concepts of Health and Social Care.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assignment
You will be formatively assessed by means of an ongoing sequence of student lead seminars and debates, which will be diagnostic in direction, offering guidance toward completion of the summative assignment.

Feedback will be given via enhanced verbal feedback during designated feedback sessions. Where necessary students will be seen individually to discuss issues of concern. Advice will be given on how to improve writing skills, analysis and referencing throughout the module. (MLOs 01,02,03,04,05)

Summative Assessment
The summative assessment will consist of a 2000 word essay which is designed to integrate your knowledge from different areas of the module including; health and social care environments, theoretical frameworks, research, ethics, sociology and social policy. (MLOs 01,02,03,04,05)





Module abstract

This module is designed to introduce and engage you with a range of contemporary health social care issues which will be explored from both a theoretical and practice context. Academic and library staff will support your research rich learning, through lectures, seminars, workshops and by using directed learning, to develop your knowledge and understanding of theoretical, historical and comparative perspectives in health and social care. You will begin to develop an understanding of ethical issues in health and social care such as equality, choice, need, autonomy, freedom, rationing and justice, and changing social and political contexts for health and social care. The module assessment is both formative and summative. The formative assessment will be partially student led, enabling you to take part in peer initiated seminars. The summative assessment is a 2500 word essay, providing you with opportunity to explore contemporary research based literature and the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge from different aspects of the module.

Course info

UCAS Code L5L6

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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