1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 SOAD2007 - Social Policy Practice
2 1 of LLAW2215, SOAD1006
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
SOAD7015 has been successfully completed
Case study, Presentation, Reflective piece
Topic description

This topic examines key ethical and value perspectives, theories and approaches in social work. Utilising the AASW Code of Ethics as well as a range of theoretical frameworks, the topic equips students to apply theoretical knowledge to ethical decision making in social work.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Equip students to examine core theoretical and value perspectives in social work
  • Enable students to identify key ethical concepts in relation to ethical dilemmas and to apply these to decision making in social work
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Recognise ethical dilemmas in the professional context through the application of the AASW Code of Ethics
  2. Debate different ethical theories as they relate to social work values and practice
  3. Discuss ethical decision-making models in relation to a range of case studies
  4. Critically reflect on their own assumptions and values
  5. Defend their understanding of social work as a moral and ethical pursuit

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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