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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Develops foundational skills and knowledge by exploring the philosophical, historical and ethical foundations of social work. Examines ethical professional relationships that reflect the values of the social work profession.  Develops knowledge and skills in theoretical traditions and practice methods. 

Unit content

  1. Overview of social work practice with individuals, families and groups.
  2. Social work knowledge: theories and models within the context of Australian social work practice.
  3. Relationship based practice in the context of diversity.
  4. Australian social work values and the AASW code of ethics.
  5. Working with issues of power, oppression and exploitation.
  6. Social justice, human rights and social work.
  7. Understanding historical and contemporary cross-cultural issues in Australia and internationally, using theories of ethnicity, whiteness, diversity, intersectionality and racism.
  8. Developing cultural humility and culturally safe social work 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 discuss the core knowledge , values and ethics of the social work profession
2 identify theories and structures of power underpinning all social relationships, between individuals, groups and communities, with explicit consideration to the principles of human rights and social justice underpinning social work practice
3 identify and respond to oppressive and abusive behaviour as aspects of interpersonal relationships, including consideration of risk and protective factors across all forms of abusive behaviour, including family violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, elder abuse, sexual abuse and gender based abuse
4 explain historical and contemporary cross-cultural issues in Australia and internationally, using theories of ethnicity, race and whiteness, diversity, intersectionality, sexuality and racism
5 demonstrate the skills of culturally safe and sensitive practice including consideration of cultural norms, culturally specific understandings of and responses to mental and physical health problems

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

  1. discuss the core knowledge , values and ethics of the social work profession
  2. identify theories and structures of power underpinning all social relationships, between individuals, groups and communities, with explicit consideration to the principles of human rights and social justice underpinning social work practice
  3. identify and respond to oppressive and abusive behaviour as aspects of interpersonal relationships, including consideration of risk and protective factors across all forms of abusive behaviour, including family violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, elder abuse, sexual abuse and gender based abuse
  4. explain historical and contemporary cross-cultural issues in Australia and internationally, using theories of ethnicity, race and whiteness, diversity, intersectionality, sexuality and racism
  5. demonstrate the skills of culturally safe and sensitive practice including consideration of cultural norms, culturally specific understandings of and responses to mental and physical health problems