Social Work OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Course on Social Work by The Open University

Published Feb 11, 2009

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'Introducing Social Work Practice' gives a broad introduction to a career in social work, covering the job description, required skills, standards and various styles of social work. The introductory level undergraduate OpenCourseWare is offered free from The Open University for students considering a career in social work.

Introducing Social Work Practice: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes Yes No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

Introducing Social Work Practice: Course Description

'Introducing Social Work Practices' presents an overview of the qualifications and standards of practice in social work. Initial readings review the four components of good practice: values and ethics, skills, knowledge and working within the social work process. Lessons on biography and identity emphasize the importance of maintaining the individuality and identity of people within the social work system. Additional units in 'Introducing Social Work Practice' concern dealing with children in the social work system and balancing the care and control roles as a social worker. Students work through the social work process using audio case studies and discussion exercises. Focus in the OpenCourseWare is on standards and practices within the United Kingdom's social work system. 'Introducing Social Work Practice' is a basic level undergraduate OpenCourseWare and is estimated to require approximately 24 hours to work through.

The OpenCourseWare includes readings, a source material bibliography and discussion exercises based on readings and audio clips. To take 'Introducing Social Work Practices,' visit the fundamentals of social services course page.

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