Posted: August 5th, 2016
Organizational Practice in Social Work Assessment Task 1: worth 35% The first assignment addresses the first and second learning outcomes of the course in that it provides an opportunity to develop and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between social work and management, and to critically evaluate organisational processes in organisations in which students have practised (or in a hypothetical organisation). It also serves to develop and assess the graduate attributes of: • The skills of effective [written] communication; • Skills involved in scholarly enquiry; • Capacity for analytical and critical thinking and for creative problemsolving; • Ability to engage in independent and reflective learning. Tasks: ‘Based on your experience (in either a human service organisation in which you have worked/ been on placement or in a hypothetical organisation from the tutorials) discuss the relationship between social work and management. Consider the extent to which managerialist influences were evident. Based on your experiences, what might be some issues for social work in that organisational setting? You should also discuss the relevance of one (or more) organisational theories for understanding the relationship between social work and organisational management. In developing your arguments you should combine personal reflections with academic literature. You should write in the first person when discussing your experience and should supply an introduction and a conclusion to the paper. Kindly include in text citations and reference in Harvard style Assignments should have numbered pages, be one and a half spaced and in at least 11 point font. Assignments must be properly referenced, including a correctly formatted reference list. Assignments which do not comply will not be marked. Assignments more than 10% over the maximum word count will be penalised. Marking criteria: • Discussion of the intersection of social work and management; • Application of theory and knowledge to your professional experiences; • Development of arguments throughout the paper; • Written expression; • Referencing. This assignment is intended to get you to engage with the literature on organisational theory and an important organisational issue in social work that is, management in organisations, and to critically
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