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Academic Year 2022/2023

Introduction to Social Work (SPOL18130)

Social Policy
Social Sciences & Law
Soc Pol, Soc Wrk & Soc Justice
1 (Introductory)
Module Coordinator:
Dr Mary Kennedy
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus
Internship Module:
How will I be graded?
Letter grades

Curricular information is subject to change.

This module consists of 22 lectures held over the semester on Mondays and Fridays. The lectures will provide insight and understanding into the role of the Social Worker concerning social justice issues and some of the principles associated with Social Work. Course content will be delivered through lectures from the module coordinator, practising social workers, representatives from organisations, and services responding to social justice issues. Guest lecturers will describe their role and the social justice issues they encounter. Guest lecturers on the module come from various social work fields (adoption, medical, fostering, child protection, probation, mental health, etc.…), and social justice organisations (domestic and gender-based violence, disability services, service for children impacted by parental imprisonment, etc..) Representatives from organisations will provide insights surrounding the role and importance of social work in helping their service users to pursue social justice

About this Module

Learning Outcomes:

1) An understanding of the role of the Social Worker
2) The critical role that social workers play in the pursuit of social justice
3) An insight into the vast and varied career pathways offered by a Social Work career
4) An understanding of some of the principles associated with Social Work

Indicative Module Content:

Students will be provided with insight and understanding of the wide-ranging areas in which social work is involved.

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will be taught via lectures. They will have a range and different lecturers and hence a range of different styles of delivering the information.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: 1500 word essay to reflect on what you have learnt during the trimester. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components

Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 

Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Sarah Donnelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Muireann Ní Raghallaigh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer