EDU-30064 - The making of professionals: Education, Health and Social Work
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2022/23

The role of professions and professionals in fields of Education, Health and Social Work has increasingly come under close scrutiny in terms of their standards of professional practice and contribution to society. This module explores what it means to be a professional and the ways in which professional identities are constructed. Students engage with a range of innovative learning and teaching strategies and will examine the process of professional formation.
Lectures include topics such as: Education and the Professions; Regulating Teachers; Professions within Health; Social Work and the Professions; and When Professionalism Fails.

The module explores the history, philosophy, and sociology of the professions, relating them to the social contexts which make them not only skilled occupations but ones with special social identities and responsibilities. It provides an introduction to the theories and empirical studies for understanding professions in modern society. Using case studies, drawn primarily from medicine, education and social work, it examines the social structure, work and expertise, career path, and historical changes of the professions from the late nineteenth century to the age of globalisation. In particular the module considers the criteria applied to distinguish professions from other occupations, the regulation and governance of professional groups and the formation of professional identities with norms and procedures of practice

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

confidently apply major theories and paradigms in the study of professions and professionalism; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
define, appy and evaluate key concepts and ideas relating to the role and status of `professions┐ within modern societies; will be achieved by assessments: 1
comment critically on the development of the professional and institutional infrastructure of healthcare, education and social work in the UK, drawing on comparisons from other countries and professional groups (e.g. Law); will be achieved by assessments: 1
make theoretically informed arguments about contemporary issues relating to professionals and professional identities; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
compare and contrast the regulation and governance of education and social work professions in the UK; will be achieved by assessments: 1
evaluate written arguments about theory, policy and practice; will be achieved by assessments: 1
critically appraise evidence for and against different points of view; will be achieved by assessments: 2
compare and contrast divergent ideas. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2,

Study hours

24 hours Lectures, workshops and seminars
24 hours Research project development, fieldwork and analysis
50 hours Assessment preparation for assignment and report of findings
52 hours Supplementary reading

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 60%
An essay of 2,500 words that examines the nature of the public sector professions in modern society.
An essay of 2500 words from a list of options based on course themes designed to explore issues around professional occupations

2: Critique weighted 40%
A critical review of occupational standards in the professions- 2,000 words
A critical review of materials, provided by the module tutor, indicating occupational standards for teaching or social work. Students will be required to draw on additional academic and/or policy sources as appropriate with a view to provide a critical review of the ways in which professionalism is conveyed in the national occupational standards for teaching or social work.