MA/PgDip Advanced Social Work
The MA Advanced Social Work programme supports students to develop skills in critical analysis and reflection on their practice, to engage with current knowledge and to use knowledge and theory to inform their judgments, decision making and practice more widely. Modules are also open to other professionals who are engaged in complex work in related areas, for example health visitors, nurses, police officers, people working in therapeutic roles and commissioners of services.
Who is it aimed at?
Social workers studying for this programme should have at least one year of qualified practice experience and should be at the 'social worker' or 'experienced social worker' levels of the Professional Capabilities Framework. These are practitioners who are working with complexity, managing greater levels of risk and uncertainty and holding increased levels of responsibility.
Structure of the programme
The MA Advanced Social Work is a modular programme where students can take a single module as a stand-alone course or study a number of modules over a maximum of five years to accumulate academic credits which can lead to a Post-graduate Certificate, Diploma or MA. Students can choose which modules to study and in which order to take them. Students can tailor the programme to their own interests and requirements by choosing which modules to study and what order to take them (we offer advice about which combinations of modules work well). Each module enables students to engage with current research and contemporary debates in the profession to inform their practice at a sophisticated level. Some modules relate to specific areas of practice, such as work with looked after children, while others relate to a specific role, such as commissioning. Other modules explore significant features of complex contemporary practice which have relevance for all practitioners, such as increasing social diversity and changing norms of family practices.
The programme is delivered using a blend of onsite teaching (usually two or three days for each module) and learning supported by a Virtual Learning Environment. Students take part in workshops, facilitated small group work (face to face and via a virtual discussion forum), individual study and individual tutorials (online or in person). Students carry out assignments which relate directly to their current or recent practice and there is an emphasis throughout the programme on developing skills in engaging with theory and knowledge to inform practice. Study takes place in small groups and is designed to be accessible for students who are travelling to Lancaster from other parts of the UK.
The programme includes the following key features:
Applicants are able to select the modules which are most relevant and interesting for them. Students taking the MA are required to take the Research methods module and either the Action research or Work-based project. All modules are 20 academic credits except where indicated.
Modules related to specific areas of social work
Modules related to specific themes and roles
Modules aimed at assisting students to develop academic skills
Research (for students completing MA)
For further information on the modules running in 2013-14, please visit the Available Modules section.
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