5. Intended learning outcomes

A. Knowledge and understanding
Learning and teaching strategy
At the end of the module, learners will be expected to:

A1: Identify the range of sources which constitute the evidence base for social work practice and how these sources inform decision-making.A2: Recognise the usefulness of inquiry reports as sources of evidence for the development of future social work practice.

The module will be taught using a wide variety of interactive teaching and learning strategies, such as, interactive lectures, group work, case studies, DVDs and videos to support the learning outcomes.

Practice-based documents, such as assessments, case chronologies and care plans will form one part of the evidence base for analysing decision-making processes.

A core aspect of the module will be the inclusion of service users and how their experiences have or have not been viewed as evidence in decision making.

Teaching and learning strategies will be based around in-depth exploration of a range of current social care inquiry reports from a thematic perspective.

Learning and teaching strategy
At the end of the module learners will be expected to:B1: Evaluate the relevance and significance of themes emerging from a range of social care inquiries.B2: Analyse against an identified framework the relationship between agency policy, legal requirements, research, practitioner knowledge and the voice of service users.

Class-based discussions and group presentations will provide learners with the opportunity to engage in debates related to social care inquiries.

Newspaper articles and current media sources (e.g. BBC, Guardian Newspaper and Community Care magazine) will be used to examine the media portrayal of social care inquiry reports. The module will draw on social care legislation in order to explore service user rights.

The module will draw on research and journal articles in order to contextualise the...

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