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Basic perspectives in health and social work
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Kode
1BV01, 1SO1, 1VP01
Studiepoeng
60
Semester
Vår og høst
Lengde
1. and 2. semester
Heltid/deltid
Heltid
Antall studenter
290
Emneansvarlig
Inger Norbye
Karaktersystem
Karakter A-F
Språk
Norsk
Pensum
Studenttorget
studenttorg@hil.no
Telefon: 612 88000
Emnebeskrivelse

The course amounts to 60 credits and consists of four course sections:

  • Course section 1: Learning model, student role and personal competence
  • Course section 2: Human, action and interaction
  • Course section 3: Social framework conditions
  • Course section 4: Profession and practice (see own specific course descriptions)

The content of the course sections 1, 2 and 3 is mainly the same for all three fields of study. The course section 4 is programme-specific. In the teaching arrangements, aspects related to user contribution, interdisciplinarity and ethics will continuously be emphasised.

Course section 1: Learning model, student role and relation competence

The course section amounts to 6.25 credits. The course section lasts the whole academic year and starts with two introduction weeks in the beginning of the semester. Topics are then dealt with in several connections. Course section 1 focuses on the learning model and student role that the teaching is based on. Topics will be:

  • student role
  • group processes
  • communication
  • conflict resolution
  • writing and writing processes.

The course section initiates a process which aims to develop the students' relation competence (skills in communication and interaction with the users of health and social services).

Course section 2: Human, action and interaction

The course section amounts to 17.25 credits and will be offered in the first semester. The course section consists of discipline subjects and topical weeks on user contribution. The course section includes the topics psychology, sociology, social anthropology and ethics. In psychology, the students will among other things be presented with different psychological perspectives or theories as tools for illustrating human phenomena. In sociology and social anthropology, there will be focus on how interaction is regulated and acted out in different cultures. There will be focus on the ability to interpret interaction situations and different role behaviour in different situations. The relationship between conformity and aberration will be dealt with. In the topic ethics, we will deal with some important ethical theories as' background for focusing on practical ethical reason.

Course section 3: Social framework conditions

The course section amounts to 20 credits. The course section will be offered in the last part of the first semester and in the beginning of the second semester. Perspectives from the course section have been dealt with in the topical weeks on user contribution.

The course section will include the topics law, health and social policy, state and municipal knowledge, organisational theory and quantitative method. The topic law focuses on legal method and application of law, central legal regulations in the health and social security legislation, administrative decisions, human rights, legal protection and ethics. The health and social security legislation will provide the students with an overview over the welfare state's growth and development, over the value choices and prioritisations that a health and social worker must make, plus an introduction to the background of different welfare-political problems and what it means to work with preventive activities. The topic state and municipal knowledge will provide the students with insight into our central and local political system and administrative structure. Organisational theory deals with how organisational relations affect and provide settings for the work.

Course section 4: Profession and practice - programme-specific course sections

See own course descriptions under the three Bachelor's programmes in child welfare, social work and authorised social education.

The course is open to students who have been admitted to the Bachelor's programme in child welfare, social work or authorised social education. Students from other programmes can attend lectures, but can not participate in group work and sit for the examination.

Læringsmål

Course section 1: Learning model, student role and personal competence

When the course section is completed, the students should have acquired knowledge of the learning model and the student role that the teaching is based on. The students should acquire an understanding of the expectations that the school have when it comes to their participation, responsibility, independence and own effort, and of what the students can expect from the different learning methods. The students should get an introduction to communication, conflict resolution and work in small and large groups. The students should become familiar with the concept "relation competence", know why relation competence is important, and understand how they can develop their own relation competence.

Course section 2: Human, action and interaction

When the course section is completed, the students should be able to illustrate different problem issues with the help from different perspectives or theories.

The students should acquire practice in seeing what is controlling the behaviour in different social situations, and they should also acquire work-relevant insight into the kind of role behaviour that is purposeful in different work contexts. They should learn to consider what kinds of regulations their own behaviour is subject to, and to what extent they may overstep them. The students should acquire knowledge of some important ethical theories, become skilled in recognising ethical challenges in different situations, and acquire an understanding of the significance that the player's own characteristics and the specific situation's circumstances have for ethical choices.

Course section 3: Social framework conditions

When the course section is completed, the goal is for the students to have knowledge of and practice in interpreting the legal regulations and applying law. The students should have knowledge of rules on integrity protection, right to social benefits, and of duress. The students should be able to reflect critically on the prevailing law with a basis in human rights, legal protection and ethics.

The students should furthermore have acquired knowledge of the welfare state's history, institutional structure and the fundamental ideas it is based on. The students should have knowledge of our political system's structure and manner of operation, and of main perspectives related to organisation. In addition, the students should be familiar with the most important topics for discussion in connection with the welfare state, and be able to discuss these based on different explanatory models/approaches.

Course section 4: Profession and practice (see own specific course descriptions)

See own course descriptions under the three Bachelor's programmes in child welfare, social work and authorised social education.

Bachelor in social work:

The course section is part of the course Basic perspectives in health and social work, and amounts to 16.5 credits. The course is taught in both the first and second semester.

When the course section is completed, the students should have acquired knowledge which can help them reflect on the role as social worker, and the work placement period should help them reflect on the relationship between theory and practice.

Contents:

The course section should give the students an understanding of what characterises social problems, of the social worker's place in the welfare system, and of what affects the work practice. The students should acquire knowledge of the history and values of social work, and they will become familiar with some of the dilemmas that social workers encounter in practice. Furthermore, the students should among other things acquire knowledge of political decisions and their meaning for the understanding of social problems. There will be given an introduction to basic skills required in social work.

Central topics:

  • The history of social work
  • Introduction to the social work' theory, way of thinking and methods of work.
  • The values and work ethics of social work
  • Professional roles and dilemmas in the work practice

The course section also includes a compulsory work placement period of 5 weeks.

Undervisnings- og læringsmetode

Course section 1: Learning model, student role and personal competence

The following working methods will be used:

  • "become-familiar-seminar" for each of the three programmes. The students are expected to participate in the seminar, and they must also cover possible expenses themselves.
  • individual conversations with the teacher of large groups with focus on the student's reflection around the study situation, possible future work role and the student's contribution in the group processes
  • conversations in small groups with the teacher of large groups with focus on group processes.

Course section 2: Human, action and interaction

The first semester will consist of topical weeks on user contribution (5 credits). ) The topical weeks will provide the students with knowledge of limitations, possibilities and strategies when arranging for user contribution. The work on an individual assignment will be central. Through self-study and lectures, there will be arranged for the use of perspectives from sociology, ethics and relation competence, plus law, health and social policy and state and municipal knowledge.

Course section 3: Social framework conditions

Course section 4: Profession and practice (see own specific course descriptions)

The general working methods can be summarised like this:

  • reading and self-study
  • lectures common for all the three fields of study or specifically for one individual programme
  • work in small and large groups
  • written assignments - individual and in groups
  • supervision

The teaching arrangements will be influenced by a learning model which emphasises the following:

  • learning and personal development through group work and group processes
  • work on the learning material through written assignments that challenges the students when it comes to applying theory in order to understand practice
  • the students' responsibility for their own learning and for the process in the groups

In connection with each course section, the students will get one or more assignments that must be answered orally. Some of these assignments should be answered in groups and some individually. All assignments must be completed in order for the student to sit for the examination. The students will be given supervision in connection with the writing process.

The students are divided into small groups of 5 students. Four or five small groups constitute one large group. There will be one or more group meetings in connection with each course section.

Each large group has a group teacher who will follow up the students individually and in groups. A condition for succeeding in the programme is that the students participate in the group work, and great emphasis will be placed on that the students follow up the work in the groups.

Emne er obligatorisk for

Bachelor i barnevern, Bachelor i sosialt arbeid og Bachelor i vernepleie


Arbeidskrav

The different course sections have assignments which are included in a work portfolio. All assignments must be completed in order for the student to sit for the examination.

The following teaching arrangements are compulsory:

a. Participation in the work on group assignments is compulsory and must be approved before the student can sit for the examination. It is the individual student's responsibility to participate in the work in small groups and to document this participation. Students who have not participated in a group assignment must notify the teacher of large groups as soon as possible. After each group assignment, the students who have not completed the assignment are joined in temporary small groups. If only one of the students has not participated in a group assignment, the student is given the opportunity of writing it individually.

b. In the work placement period in course section 4, the student's participation in teaching arrangements and work placement is compulsory. If a student has been absent 20% or more of the teaching arrangements, he/she does no longer have the right to sit for the examination.

Participation in the large group meetings is compulsory and must be approved before the student can sit for the examination. If a student has been absent 20% or more before the last large group meeting, he/she does no longer have the right to sit for the examination. If a student has been absent between 10% and 20% before the last large group meeting, he/she must do an oral or written assignment and present it in the last large group meeting before the examination. The assignment must be approved in order for the student to sit for the examination.

Eksamensform

There will be portfolio assessment in the end of the academic year. Portfolio assessment means that each student will hand in a portfolio which contains some of the student's hand-ins. The hand-ins to be included in the portfolio are decided by the dean or whoever he/she authorises. The portfolio will be given a temporary grade, and afterwards there will be an oral examination.

The written and oral examination will be given one grade.

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