Social Care Theory and Practice


This module will build on and develop the themes introduced in the Introduction to Social Care module. It seeks to further introduce the student to the theory and practice of social care in Ireland. CORU's Standards of Proficiency will form the framework of understanding of professional social care skills. The module will introduce students to specific areas of social care and will seek to develop particular social care skills and issues. The primary concern will be to provide students with an understanding of, and the ethos and skills for, authentic and therapeutic relationships. Key issues addressed will be inequality as a cause of social care issues, and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on human well-being.

This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:

Domain 1:  Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 2:  Communication, Collaborative Practice and Teamworking

Domain 3:  Safety and Quality

Domain 4:  Professional Development

Domain 5:  Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the domains within which social care is practised informed by the CORU Standards of Proficiency. (Proficiency: 1.1; 1.6; 2.13; 5.1; 5.5; 5.14).

  2. articulate awareness of the key issues and challenges within a number of social care fields of practice.  (Proficiency: 1.1;1.2; 1.3; 1.4; 1.5; 1.6; 1.8; 1.9; 1.12; 1.20; 1.21; 2.3; 2.4; 3.7; 5.3; 5.5; 5.7; 5.9).

  3. demonstrate introductory knowledge of the  concept of marginalization and social inequality and how this relates to the social care field in Ireland. (Proficiency: 1.8; 1.9; 5.2; 5.3; 5.14).

  4. demonstrate knowledge of the centrality of relationships in a person-centered care philosophy.  (Proficiency: 1.2; 1.3; 1.5; 1.20; 1.21; 1.22; 2.13; 4.4; 5.7; 5.8; 5.9; 5.19).

  5. express how political systems and values underline particular social care models and practices. (Proficiency: 1.1; 1.8; 1.9; 4.4; 5.14).

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