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Promoting the growth of the Welsh language, this section offers our OpenLearn Beginners’ Welsh course.
In this series of four interviews you will watch a service user, a carer, a social worker and a social work manager talking about their different experiences. The interviews will illustrate the importance of listening to people’s stories, the importance of relationship in social work practice, and the importance of the context in which social work practice takes place. You will consider questions about the interviews, and will reflect on the implications for practice of what the individuals have to say.
Respecting the individuality of each person is a central value of social work but, as the term suggests, social work is not only about individual perspectives: it also takes place in a social context. Society, demography, geography, national legislation, national policy, and language all play an important part, both in the lives of service users and carers and in the practice of social work practitioners. This course will introduce you to the importance of recognising that social work practice happens in context. In particular, you will learn about what this means for social work in Wales – in the Welsh context.
Graham Day, formerly Reader in Sociology at Bangor University and author of Making Sense of Wales (2002) reviews the various stages of constitutional change through which powers have been devolved to Wales from the UK government since the 1990s. He notes how the gradual extension of the powers of the Welsh Government, necessary to provide a workable and settled solution, has been accomplished through a remarkable democratic transition. As emphasis moves now from constitutional reform to the tangible benefits of devolved governance in Wales, he also provides an assessment of some of the achievements of the Welsh Government.
The study unit gives a brief overview of the legal history in Wales from the 12th century, followed by an overview of devolution and referendums, the law making powers of the Welsh Assembly and the possible future for legal Wales.
Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This unit looks at how the role has developed across the UK over time and particularly in Wales. It explores the skills and attributes that teaching assistants use to provide effective support and contribute to productive teamwork
This unit introduces you to a sociocultural approach to understanding and analysing learning in educational institutions, the home and the workplace.
The most ‘important and greatest puzzle’ we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle – one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change in different contexts.
When answering the question ‘What makes us who we are?’, psychologists put forward a range of explanations about why people feel, think and behave the way they do. Just when psychologists seem to understand one bit of ‘who we are’, up pops some new evidence to show a different side! It is not easy to pin down all the many influences.
This free short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice.
Wales is a vibrant nation with its own language, musical heritage and strong cultural identity. Here you will find a collection of 6 podcasts exploring these themes.