There are eight course units and a research-based final dissertation. Subject specific experts will deliver lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials. In addition, Academic Tutors will guide you throughout the programme of study.
Year 1 course units:
HC 5017A: Law for Social Workers
This unit will introduce you to the range of laws and statutes that guide social work practice and intervention.
HC 5018A: Psychology and Human Development
An introduction to theories about human growth and development across the life cycle.
HC 5020A: Social Work Theory and Practice
You will review the range of theoretical approaches and methods available to social workers.
HC 5022A: Social Work and Society
In this unit you will be exposed to the variety of social problems which social workers encounter and the policy contexts for addressing these.
HC 5515A: Research Methods and Dissertation Proposal (constituent part of HC5516)
This unit will equip you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate research and prepare you for conducting your individual research project.
HC 5006A: Practice Learning I
You will undertake 100 days in a practice setting where you will have an opportunity to integrate theory with practice.
Year 2 course units:
HC5510/11/12 Critical Social Work
You will be introduced to a range of cross-cutting themes in social work practice and will have an opportunity to explore these in greater depth in seminars for options in Children and Families, Mental Health and Social Work with Adults.
HC 5007A: Practice Learning II
You will undertake 100 days in a practice setting where you will have an opportunity to consolidate your learning over the course of the programme.
HC 5516A: Dissertation
You will conduct a research project on a topic of your choice, with tutorial support.
Please note: It is a GSCC requirement that all social work students have undertaken Information and Technology and Computing training by the time they qualify. Royal Holloway offers all social work students the opportunity to undertake this study via the College Computer Centre and it is included in the timetable. However, some students may find it easier to undertake the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) within their own time via an alternative route as this is also acceptable, but evidence of completion will be required prior to completion of the qualifying social work programme being undertaken.
On completion of the course graduates will have advanced knowledge of:
sociology, psychology, social policy and law and their application to social work practice
the contribution and application of social research to social work theories and practice
the range of statutory, voluntary and private welfare organisations within social work agencies and in health, housing and educational environments
the range of theories and methods needed for effective social work practice
the social and individual origins of a typical range of problems presented to social care agencies
values and ethics relevant to social work practice
the significance of inequalities and difference in working with organisations and social service users
the significance of cultural diversity and anti discriminatory practice in working with organisations and social service users.