Course code Soci2046

Credit points 2

Social Work

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation29.04.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Signe Dobelniece

Dr. phil.

Prior knowledge

Soci2009, Social Policy

Course abstract

The course helps students to form an understanding of the links between social work and specific social contexts. The course includes learning about the various roles of the social worker, and the various models and theoretical approaches to the process of social work. The students get acquainted with social work values.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge – understand the social work profession, its development and role in the society, problem-solving processes, social work methods. social assistance and services, (a test, presentation) ethical basis and qualities of a social worker (a test, seminars, discussions).
Skills – is able to assess critically the problem situation, to analyse available resources and their use in the context of social work (group work, ecomap, presentation).
Competence – is able to make independently assessment of the situations and social processes, to analyse them and to propose possible solutions according to the principles of scientific analysis and ethics (report)

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction. Social work: concept and functions
2. Provision with social workers
3. Historical development of social work
4. Guidelines of social work development
5. The system of social services and assistance of Latvia
6. Areas of social work
7. Values in social work
8. Social work basic values. Codes of ethics.
9. Social work processes: concept, structure
10. Support systems. Ecomap.
11. Social intervention: roles, models
12. Social work practice: concept, types
13. Anti-discriminatory practice
14. Effectiveness of social workers
15. The ideal model of a social worker
16. Theoretical basis of social work

Requirements for awarding credit points

Final test by a grade.
Credit points are awarded if all seminar tasks are done (group work, discussions etc.), successfully passed 2 tests, ecomap and report are submitted and presentation is prepared (all graded at least 4).

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Literature reading, preparing for seminars and tests. A report on chosen topic (2400 – 3000 words without annex),
Presentations on the chosen topic.
Ecomap – to prepare ones map and analyse the support systems and potential threats

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Tests are passed if at least 40% of answers are correct.
Report and presentations are evaluated satisfactory if they meet minimum of the defined requirements
Final mark consists of tests (50%), report (20%), presentation (20%), and ecomap (10%).

Compulsory reading

1. Coulshed V., Orme J. Social work practice :an introduction. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 322 p. 2. Webb Stephen A. Social work in a risk society: social and political perspectives. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 278 p. 3. Dzīves jautājumi. Zinātniski metodisks rakstu krājums. Rīga: SDSPA “Attīstība”, 1995.-

Further reading

1. Coulshed V., Orme J. Social work practice :an introduction. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 322 p. 2. Webb Stephen A. Social work in a risk society: social and political perspectives. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 278 p. 3. Latvijas Sociālo darbinieku ētikas kodekss.[Tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: http://www.lm.gov.lv/lv/index.php?option= com_content&view=article&id=81476 pdf 4. Profesionāla sociālā darba attīstības pamatnostādnes 2014.-2020.gadam. Rīga, 2013.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Dzīves jautājumi. Zinātniski metodisks rakstu krājums. Rīga: SDSPA “Attīstība”, 1995.- 2. Ikgadējie izdevumi "Pārskats par tautas attīstību". LU. 3. Vilka, L. Sociālā darba izglītībai Latvijā 20 gadu: vēsturiska atskats un ieskats mūsdienu problemātikā. [Tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: http://www.lza.lv/LZA_VestisA/66_4/7_Lolita%20 Vilka%20SOCIALA%20DARBA%20IZGLITIBAI.pdf