SPOL28110 Social Work in Practice

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module consists of 12 lectures and 10 hours of small group seminars. The lectures will introduce students to some of the key concepts and issues in relation to the practice of social work. Topics will include the social worker's role in varying practice settings e.g. the child welfare and protection system, adult safeguarding, probation, and within the military setting. The seminars will introduce students to social work interviewing skills, using a variety of approaches including experiential exercises and role plays, with a focus on reflective learning.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will have:
1. An insight regarding the social work role in a variety of practice settings and the key issues pertaining to these settings.
2. An understanding of basic communication and social work interviewing skills.
3. A comprehension of the importance of reflective practice in social work.

Indicative Module Content:

Content covered in the module will include basic communication and interviewing skills in the context of social work practice. Students will also be provided with an insight regarding spheres of social work practice such as adult safeguarding, child welfare and protection, and probation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will experience a mixture of lectures and small group teaching. Within the small groups, students will partake in the experience of role playing and small and large group discussions on a range of topics. There is an particular emphasis on reflective practice; students will be given time to complete a reflective log at the end of each seminar. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


Learning Exclusions:


Learning Recommendations:

Students interested in applying for entry to postgraduate social work training provided by the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice are recommended to take this module

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
SPOL30060 - Social Work in Practice

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

For feedback, students will receive the grade that they achieved.

Name Role
Dr Joseph Mooney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Muireann Ní Raghallaigh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 2 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26 Wed 09:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 3 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26 Mon 09:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 4 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26 Wed 09:00 - 10:50