SC4006: Social Policy, Values and Ethics


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SC4006: Social Policy, Values and Ethics

Module Title Social Policy, Values and Ethics
Module Code SC4006
Module Tutor Mark Redmond
School School of Health and Social Care
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module will enable students to understand the contemporary Social Care landscape and explore the core values and ethical issues that underpin and influence approaches to care and that they way in which they are organized. In addition to exploring an historical grounding in the organization and structure of services, it will explore and interrogate the ideas and attitudes behind key policy developments in Social Care, such as personalization, consumerization and the nature of the residual Social Care services for those unable to pay or who are now deemed as not requiring assistance.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover the following:

  • Statutory Frameworks, professional standards and code of guidance underpinning practice.
  • Exploring what an ethical Social Care service might look like;
    • Deontological and Utilitarian approaches to ethical reasoning
    • Doctrine of Double Effect,
    • Health & Social Care Care Ethics,
    • Critical reasoning in ethics;
    • Personhood;
    • Rights and duties;
  • The workers role and relationships with others – both service users and other professionals.
  • How ethics impact on the role of the worker and the nature of the service provision.
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable people.
Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module   students will be able to :

  1. Identify and understand statutory frameworks, standards, guidance and Codes of Practice which underpin effective practice in relation to the safe and compliant leadership of services
  2. Understand the key ideas, principles and values including safeguarding that inform Social Care policy.
  3. Discuss common ethical principles underpinning Social Care
  4. Discuss current Social Care policy and practice in relation to theory of equal opportunities, anti-discrimination and contemporary bio-ethical issues
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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