Social Adversity, Risk and Resilience (501L5)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

In this module, you develop your understanding of the impact of various forms of social adversity on personal well-being and social relationships, within diverse family and cultural settings, and across the life course.

Social adversity includes relationships of inequality and poverty, neglect and abuse and other forms of oppression and discrimination that harm, subordinate or marginalise people, undermining their human rights, social citizenship and wider well-being.

Taking a life-course perspective, you're encouraged to explore the ways in which mental and physical health, well-being and social opportunity are harmed by experiences of discrimination, abuse and neglect within parenting, care-giving and other social relationships across the life course.

As part of the module, you critically consider approaches to understanding and assessing the causes and likely consequences of harmful relationships, with an emphasis on supporting resilient responses to risk and harm and in maximising life opportunities.

You pay particular attention to how social workers can make sense of the causes and consequences of common forms of harmful behaviour, including violence and substance misuse, within the wider social and cultural context.

This understanding is designed to enhance capability in child and adult safeguarding and protection, which is at the heart of much of contemporary social work practice.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 144 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 111 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.