Short Title:Creative Approaches to Social Care Work
Full Title:Creative Approaches to Social Care Work
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SOCA H1001
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Humanities
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Ann Gilleece
Module Description:Through a series of immersive activities integrating values-based theory and practice, utilising Applied Art, Drama and Music, students explore their own creative processes and understand the practical and theoretical use of creative and recreational interventions in Social Care work to meet the needs of the Service Users in a variety of contexts. -To enhance their interpersonal skills to connect with and support Service Users and fellow Health and Social Care professionals. Arts is an ongoing subject, so the syllabus content will be expanded or modified, as necessary, to reflect developments in the Arts as set out in this module. A minimum of 75% attendance is required for this module.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Examine the different theories and range of techniques used in Applied Art, Drama and Music in Social Care Settings.
LO2 Experience the therapeutic value of Applied Art, Drama and Music. How to apply theories and techniques in workshops and be able to determine appropriate Art, Music and Drama skills in therapeutic interventions.
LO3 Explore their own creativity for increased self-esteem, self-awareness and self-development through the acquisition of practical skills. Develop an understanding of verbal and non-verbal methods of communication in Drama, Applied Art and Music.
LO4 Integrate self-awareness, communication, working in partnership and professional judgement to meet the needs of the Service Users and empower them to reach their full potential. Bearing in mind issues of language, culture, beliefs and health and/or social care needs, be able to modify and adapt communication methods and styles, including verbal and nonverbal methods to suit the individual service users.
LO5 Reflect and gain greater insight into themselves, as an individuals, and as part of a group and to reflect on the skills they have gained.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Applied ART - students will submit a portfolio at the end of the module, which will contain samples of ART work and a reflective journal. 1,2,3,4,5 33.00 Sem 1 End
Continuous Assessment MUSIC - Students will submit a portfolio at end of the module. This will contain reflective journal of the music activities done in workshops and samples/drawings/newspaper cuttings relevant to the workshops. 1,2,3,4,5 33.00 Sem 1 End
Continuous Assessment DRAMA - students will submit a portfolio at the end of the module. This will contain a reflective journal of some of the activities explored in the Drama workshops including photographs/pictures/newspaper cuttings relevant to the workshops.Students will complete an assignment, that is included as part of their portfolio, that will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the use of Creative Arts in a Social Care Setting. 1,2,3,4,5 34.00 Sem 1 End
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical The lectures and workshops should happen in small groups of approximately no more than 20 Students 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecture The lectures and workshops should happen in small groups of approximately no more than 20 Students 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Bowkett,S 2005, 100 Ideas for Teaching Creativity, Continuum London
  • Lyons,D. 2010, Creative Studies for the caring professions, Gill & Macmillan Dublin
Recommended Book Resources
  • Johnston, C. 2010, Drama Games for Those Who Like to Say No, Nick Hern Books
  • Karkou, V. 2009, Arts Therapies in Schools-Research & Practice, Jessica Kinsley
  • Kohler, R. 2014, Jean Piaget (Bloomsbury Library of Educational Thought), Bloomsbury Academic
  • Kurtz,L. A. 2008, Understanding Controversial Therapies for Children with Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Other Learning Disabilities, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Lieberman,M 2004, Art Therapy for Groups: A Handbook of Themes, Games and Exercises, Routledge
  • Lloyd, P. 2017, Let's All Listen: Songs for Group Work in Settings that Include Students with Learning Difficulties and Autism, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • O'Neill, C. 2014, Dorothy Heathcote on Education and Drama, 1st Edition Ed., Routledge
  • Pickering, K. 1997, Drama Improvised (a source book for teachers and therapists), J. Garnet Miller
  • Umansky, K. 2005, Three Tapping Teddies, A&C Black [ISBN: 0713674733]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: Numerous Website resources will be referred to in class

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSASC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care 1 Mandatory
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory