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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Develops students' knowledge and skills in policy work, recognising that social workers are policy actors and able to participate in a range of policy making activities, which impact on the lives of clients and communities. Explores contemporary social policy in respect of a number of key social work fields of practice. Develops knowledge and skills in community work practice and activism.

Unit content

1. Overview of the historical and political development of the Australian welfare state.

2. Theoretical models of policy development.

3. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: disability.

4. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: housing.

5. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: mental health.

6. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: child protection and out of home care.

7. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: domestic and family violence.

8. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: immigration.

9. Exploring community activism and 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 examine the historical and political development of the Australian welfare state which includes a neo-liberal critique and consideration of the impact of globalisation
2 critically analyse theoretical literature and models of policy making and the contribution of social workers in developing and influencing policy
3 critically assess practice in making and influencing social policy in relation to vulnerable and marginalised individuals, groups and communities
4 articulate social work strategies to promote community activism that promotes social justice and influences policy
5 demonstrate an awareness of current social policy issues in key areas including: disability, homelessness and housing, mental health, child protection and out of home care, domestic and family violence, and immigration

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

  1. examine the historical and political development of the Australian welfare state which includes a neo-liberal critique and consideration of the impact of globalisation
  2. critically analyse theoretical literature and models of policy making and the contribution of social workers in developing and influencing policy
  3. critically assess practice in making and influencing social policy in relation to vulnerable and marginalised individuals, groups and communities
  4. articulate social work strategies to promote community activism that promotes social justice and influences policy
  5. demonstrate an awareness of current social policy issues in key areas including: disability, homelessness and housing, mental health, child protection and out of home care, domestic and family violence, and immigration