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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2
Online Session 2,  3 Session 2,  3

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Takes a student-centred approach in introducing students to key concepts, theories, ideas and perspectives in the field of Australian social welfare, and explores the main sources of critical knowledge, skills and attributes that are essential to social welfare practice in relation to various client populations.

Unit content

Module 1: Introduction and broad overview

Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: Welfare populations

Module 2: Knowledge frameworks

Topic 3: Historical foundations for practice
Topic 4: Practice foundations in philosophy (justice and ethics)
Topic 5: Practice foundations in philosophy (power and rights)
Topic 6: The knowledge base of practice

Module 3: Practice in welfare

Topic 7: Practice domains and methods
Topic 8: Social welfare practice and ethical standards
Topic 9: Critical reflection and welfare
Topic 10: Organisational context of practice
Topic 11: Social welfare work: Roles and responsibilities
Topic 12: Developing your practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe what is meant by 'critical reflective practice'
2 describe the relevance of social, justice, human rights and empowerment, to the world of social welfare practice
3 trace the emergence of 'social welfare systems' in Australia
4 describe the current organisation and structure of social welfare provision in Australia
5 critically examine social welfare as a form and practice of 'government'
6 demonstrate critical awareness of a range of contested meanings, concepts and perspectives in the domain of social welfare
7 critically examine the nature of 'practice', 'intervention', and roles and responsibilities in relation to specific 'subject populations'.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe what is meant by 'critical reflective practice'
    • GA1:
  2. describe the relevance of social, justice, human rights and empowerment, to the world of social welfare practice
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. trace the emergence of 'social welfare systems' in Australia
    • GA4:
  4. describe the current organisation and structure of social welfare provision in Australia
    • GA4:
  5. critically examine social welfare as a form and practice of 'government'
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. demonstrate critical awareness of a range of contested meanings, concepts and perspectives in the domain of social welfare
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
  7. critically examine the nature of 'practice', 'intervention', and roles and responsibilities in relation to specific 'subject populations'.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Chenoweth, L & McAuliffe, D, 2015, The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice, 4th edn, Cengage Learning, Melbourne.

  • Chenoweth, L & McAuliffe, D, 2015, The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice, 4th edn, Cengage Learning, Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.