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THE NEW ?MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK? Why study at Durham? The Centre for Applied Social Studies at the University of Durham ranks among the top five social work departments in the UK (The Guardian survey). The Durham Master of Social Work (MSW) offers excellent teaching from leading researchers and experienced practitioners from social services departments and the voluntary sector. The Department was rated excellent by the GSCC in 2002 and was judged as producing research of national and international excellence in its first submission to the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. The Social Work programme at Durham attracts students from the North East region, from all areas of the UK and from overseas. Durham is an attractive historic city, home to Durham Cathedral voted the nation?s ?favourite building?. The city has excellent road connections via the A1M, is 15 minutes from Newcastle and three hours from London by train. Newcastle airport has direct links to London and the continent. What will you study? Year 1 Foundations for social work ? Introduction to social work ? Social exclusion ? Principles, values and ethics ? Law for social work ? Communication theory and skills ? Preparation for practice. Introductory social work ? Human development through the life course ? Mental health ? Disability ? The organisational contexts of social work ? Social work theory and methods ? Partnership working. Social work practice 1 ? 100-day practice placement concurrent with Introductory social work. Year 2 Research in social work ? Research and evaluation methods for social work ? Ethical issues in social work research ? Dissertation. Advanced social work ? Advanced theory and methods of social work ? Social work policy analysis ? Protection and empowerment of vulnerable people. Social Work Practice 2 ? 100-day practice placement concurrent with Advanced social work. How long does the programme last? The MSW is full time. It starts in September and continues over 21 months. Half of the programme is spent in academic learning and half in practice placements. The programme does not run to university terms. Students will have approximately ten weeks? vacation (including Bank Holidays) during the course of the programme. How will you be assessed? Academic learning is assessed through essays, observational studies, project reports, case studies, group and individual presentations. Knowledge and understanding of law is assessed in a ?seen? exam. Research in social work is assessed through a dissertation proposal and a dissertation. Competence in practice is assessed by a practice teacher and through case studies of work undertaken by students on placement. Fees and financial support Home students are normally entitled to a bursary and tuition fees from the General Social Care Council (GSCC). For up to date information on funding see: http:www.gscc.org.uk. Academic and personal support All students have an academic tutor throughout the programme and all students have an approved practice teacher for each practice placement. During the first year students are also supported in tutorial groups. The programme provides support for students from minority groups, including groups for Black and minority ethnic students, and for lesbian, gay and bisexual students. The University Service for Students with Disabilities (DUSSD) provides support for disabled students, including those with dyslexia. All Durham students are encouraged to join one of the colleges of the university, which provide a range of pastoral and academic support and social activities. What do you need to be accepted on the programme? We are looking for individuals who have the potential to become good social workers and the ability to study at Master?s level. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and with diverse experience. The programme has 41 places per year. You will need: ? an honours degree in any subject OR equivalent OR evidence of your ability to study at po

THE NEW ?MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK? Why study at Durham? The Centre for Applied Social Studies at the University of Durham ranks among the top five social work departments in the UK (The Guardian survey). The Durham Master of Social Work (MSW) offers excellent teaching from leading researchers and experienced practitioners from social services departments and the voluntary sector. The Department was...

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