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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Introduces students to the profession of social work, and outlines the core knowledge and values required of practising social workers in Australia. The profession is understood within the context of contemporary social welfare arrangements and labour market. The unit seeks to critically examine social work theories and models, as well as different ways of transferring knowledge into practice.

Unit content

  1. Definitions, ideologies and values of social work
  2. Critical social work  and theories of practice
  3. Understanding oppression and trauma for practice 
  4. The welfare state 
  5. Culturally safe social work
  6. Critical reflection and practice frameworks

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 and values of the social work profession
2 explain how social workers respond to ethical issues and dilemmas
3 critically evaluate different social work theories and models
4 explain how evidence-based and reflective practice models can be used to inform social work practice.

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

  1. discuss the core knowledge and values of the social work profession
  2. explain how social workers respond to ethical issues and dilemmas
  3. critically evaluate different social work theories and models
  4. explain how evidence-based and reflective practice models can be used to inform social work practice.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

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Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.