SW0411 - Becoming a Professional

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This module is the start of a thread running throughout the BSc (Hons) Social Work programme in which students explore social work roles and responsibilities, and the contingent relationships between self awareness, relationships, collaboration and action. This thread maps the journey to becoming a social worker and is led by the guidance tutors. The module includes 7 skills development days including at least one day shadowing a qualified social worker.
In this first year the focus is on self awareness and the connections between self awareness and effective relationships, emotional intelligence and professional resilience. Three broad themes are explored in the context of individual development as a learner and as a professional social worker:
1. self awareness, relationships and the social work role;
2. earning, change, development, reflection and lifelong learning;
3. professional behaviour, personal resilience and wellbeing in social work contexts;

Lectures and workshops / seminars are led by academic staff, current professional practitioners, service users and carers through which key knowledge and ideas are shared and discussed. Skills days organised both at the university and in field settings bring together students and social work stakeholders to explore the range of social work settings and contexts. Students are supported in the development of reflective skills and a formative assignment supports this development. Students go on to complete a Professional Development Plan that is submitted in advance of a twenty minute viva. The plan and the viva constitute the summative assessment.

Course info

UCAS Code L502

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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