Basics of social and legal protection of the individual (231B – Social work)

Type: Normative

Department: social pedagogy and social work




SemesterAmount of hoursLecturerGroup(s)
432Stoliaryk Olha


SemesterAmount of hoursGroupTeacher(s)
432PERHA Anastasiia

Course description

The discipline “Fundamentals of social and legal protection of the individual” is a normative discipline from the specialty “231 Social work” for the educational program “Social pedagogy”, which is taught to students of the second year of study in the 4th semester in the amount of 3 credits (according to the European Credit Transfer System ECTS.

The purpose of studying the normative/discipline “Fundamentals of social and legal protection of the individual” is the formation of theoretical and practical knowledge of bachelors of social work regarding the normative, legal and theoretical and methodological foundations of social and legal protection of the individual; understanding of the mechanism of implementation of international and state policy in the field of social and legal protection of the individual and ensuring compliance with human rights, skills of practical actions within the scope of one’s competence in the field of protection of the rights and interests of people, children, vulnerable categories of the population and society in general, the ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of social and legal legislation in the framework of protecting the rights of clients and improving their well-being, promoting and spreading anti-discrimination policy in local practice and introducing a human rights-based approach into the activities of social services.

Tasks (goals) of the course:

  • acquisition of theoretical knowledge regarding the normative-legal and theoretical-methodological foundations of social and legal protection of the individual and the ability to distinguish the structure and organizational-legal forms of human rights to social security and social protection, legal mechanisms for their implementation;
  • find and analyze the necessary regulatory and by-laws, take into account changes, additions, amendments to the articles of the laws of Ukraine that ensure the right to social protection, social security;
  • understanding the mechanism of implementation of international and state policy in the sphere of social and legal protection of the individual and ensuring the observance of human rights;
  • promotion and dissemination in local activities of anti-discrimination practices and an approach based on human rights;
  • formation of practical skills to be able to represent the rights and interests of the client in various institutions and organizations.

Scope of the course:

Full-time study: 90 hours, of which:

64 classrooms (32 hours – lectures, 32 hours – seminars/practical),

26 hours of independent student work.

Correspondence form of education: 90 hours, of which:

18 hours classroom (8 hours – lectures, 10 hours – seminars/practical),

72 hours – independent work of students.

Acquired competencies:

IС The ability to solve complex specialized tasks and practical problems in the field of professional activity or in the process of learning, which involves the application of certain theories and methods of social work and is characterized by the complexity and uncertainty of conditions.

General competences

GC5. Ability to plan and manage time.

GC13. Ability to motivate people and move towards a common goal.

GC15. The ability to act socially responsibly and consciously.

Professional competences:

PC1. Knowledge and understanding of the essence, meaning and types of social work and its main directions (psychological, socio-pedagogical, legal, economic, medical).

PC3. Knowledge and understanding of the legal framework regarding social work and social security.

PC6. Knowledge and understanding of the organization and functioning of the system of social protection and social services.

PC11. Ability to provide assistance and support to clients, taking into account their individual needs, age differences, gender, ethnicity and other characteristics.

Program learning outcomes:

PLO5. Theoretically argue ways to overcome problems and difficult life circumstances, choose effective methods of solving them, predict consequences.

PLO8. Critically analyze and evaluate the current social policy of the country, socio-political processes at the national, regional and local levels.

PLO15. Make practical decisions to improve social welfare and increase social security.

PLO17. Establish and maintain relationships with clients on the basis of mutual trust and in accordance with ethical principles and standards of social work, provide them with psychological support and exhaust clients.

Keywords: Social and legal protection, social security, social protection, legal documents, law, human rights

The study of the academic discipline is based on the competencies formed in the process of studying the academic discipline: “Introduction to the specialty”, “Fundamentals of personality socialization”, “Deontology of social work”, which are sufficient for understanding the content characteristics of the basics of social and legal protection of clients in social work, understanding objects and clients of social work, its infrastructure and anti-discrimination practices aimed at restoring and maintaining human rights.

Educational methods and techniques that will be used during the teaching of the course:

Explanatory-illustrative, research, search (heuristic), problem-based presentation of educational material, interactive and methods of stimulating learning (conversation, brainstorming, discussion, work in pairs/groups, etc.), visual (presentations, demonstration of video materials), design, work with literature .

Academic Integrity: The independent work assignments for each topic completed by graduate students are expected to be their original thinking. Failure to cite used sources, fabrication of sources, plagiarism, interference with the work of other applicants are, but are not limited to, examples of possible academic dishonesty. The discovery of signs of academic dishonesty in the applicant’s written work is a reason for the teacher not to credit it, regardless of the scale of plagiarism or deception.

Attending classes is an important component of learning. In any case, students of higher education are obliged to comply with all the deadlines for completing the planned types of educational work and two colloquiums.

Literature. All literature that students cannot find on their own will be provided by the teacher for educational purposes only, without the right to transfer it to third parties. Students are also encouraged to use other literature and sources that are not among the recommended ones.

Scoring policy. The assimilation of theoretical material from the academic discipline by students of higher education is checked through an oral survey, ongoing programmed control of knowledge, assessment of the ability to analyze problem situations by solving practical tasks. At the same time, the following must be taken into account: attendance at classes and activity of the student of higher education during the seminar class; using a mobile phone, tablet or other mobile devices during class for non-educational purposes; plagiarism and plagiarism; untimely performance of the assigned task. The final semester grade is defined as the sum of points from all planned types of study work and the exam.

Any form of breach of academic integrity will not be tolerated.

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Internet resources: (Stefanyk Scientific Library) (Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine) (Ministry of Justice of Ukraine)



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