Instructions: assessment notes the 2,500 word assignment will require students to critically apply and evaluate two theories/intervention models to a case study. students are required to provide a rationale for choosing their particular theory/intervention method/s, consider the evidence base to determine the effectiveness of interventions in the given case study, critique how the theories/s/intervention methods either help or hinder in practising anti-oppressively. students will have to explore cultural and ethical issues in implementing the intervention methods with the specific service-user/carer group referred to in the case study. nb. this module does not cover all theories, methods and models used in social work practise. additional theories and models are covered in other sessions on the programme. for example, attachment theory may also be covered in the lifespan development module and/or the children & families module. you are also expected to read about other theories and methods in the key texts. general assessment guidance assignment title: critically discuss two theories/models and their possible use by a social worker, with reference to a provided case study. the assignment is an essay of 2,500 words. this assignment will enable you to demonstrate understanding of the various theories, models and methods discussed in lectures, and how you are able to apply these in practice by use of a case study. you are expected to present a clearly structured and argued essay that demonstrates critical analysis skills, academic writing skills, robust referencing and your understanding of social work practise and the application of theory and method. you must write in the third person and ensure that you choose theories/ that have been covered in the module teaching. you must include a discussion about the application of the theory/model/approach related to the provided case study and critical analysis of your chosen theories. length maximum 10% over the word count, excluding reference list, and any charts, graphs and diagrams. specific assignment guidance in this assignment, you need to follow the given structure plan and address the following: discuss the importance of theory in social work in general in your introduction and why social workers need to have a good understanding of theory and methods for social work. choose and introduce two theories/models covered in the module teaching, showing your understanding of the important basic concepts. discuss the general usefulness of this specific theory in practice and provide a critique, outlining the benefits and limitations of the theory/model/approach itself, not in relation to the case study. explain how these chosen theories/models could be specifically applied and used by a social worker in the case study. provide a rationale for your choices. you must consider and use the evidence base to determine / demonstrate the effectiveness of possible assessments/interventions in the given case study. you are expected to refer to sources beyond just general theory text books and to include journal articles. for example, if you have chosen to write about using cbt techniques with a service user, you need to refer to sources that support your rationale/decision to use this and sources that critique the use of this approach with this group. with reference to the case study, discuss how the theory/model could be used to firstly assess the particular situation and secondly to establish change. the goal here is to explain how social workers are able to use the theory/model/associated tools to underpin work/complete direct work with the service user or family in the case study. for example, if you choose systems theories, you may want to show how it could be applied to underpin an assessment, to inform about support networks and dysfunctional relationships, and aid in the production of an ecomap which will help you target direct work or support. critically reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of applying these theories/models in this case study. critically consider the benefits and limitations of the chosen theories/models in relation to the case study. briefly discuss and consider one other theory/model could have been helpful and outline why. the discussion/critique of the theories/models must include clear references to reading you have undertaken that support your arguments and demonstrate skills of critical analysis. as part of your critical reflection, remember to consider the theories/models in relation to anti discriminatory and anti- oppressive practice, both in general and in relation to the case study. you must include an exploration of any diversity based, cultural and ethical issues, in implementing intervention/direct work methods with the specific service user/group referred to in the case study. provide an example, as an appendix, of a relevant theory- based tool that could have been used in relation to the case study. this must relate to one of your chosen theories or models and should have been discussed in your essay. it must be specific to the case study and not be a general diagram or uncompleted tool example.