Course title

Contemporary Issues in Social Work

Module Aims

To enable students to identify, debate and share dilemmas arising from their contemporary experience in professional practice. To enhance knowledge of the issues and possibilities that promote good practice in social work. To demonstrate evidence of the integration of theoretical material with their placement experience.

Module overview

The module drawn upon as part of my involvement in the DISCs project is module SS4212: ‘Contemporary Issues in Social Work’. It is a five-credit module, which I teach and coordinate each year. The module itself is part of the final year and second semester of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree programme. The BSW is a professionally accredited degree with the following parameters:

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) will make you eligible to apply to be registered as a social worker with regulatory bodies in Ireland and internationally. This full-time four-year undergraduate degree is open to mature students only and integrates university-based and agency-based learning. Successful completion leads to an academic qualification (BSW) and it is approved by the Health and Social Care Professional Council as a social work training course. Years 1 and 2 of the course are college-based and lectures take place over two 12-week semesters. In Years 3 and 4, you undertake one semester in college and another on a 14-week professional placement.

In respect to the specifics of module SS4212, it is run over twelve weeks and each session is two hours in duration.