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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Develops students' understanding of skills in social work practice in groups and communities. Encourages students to identify the potential of both community development and group work in addressing social justice and human rights issues as they impact on a range of different communities. Enables students to consider different modes of group work practice, including support groups and therapeutic groups.

Unit content

1. Understanding and theorising groups
2. Group development and group processes 
3. Conceptualising community 
4. Decolonising community work
5. Responding to conflict in groups and communities
6. Linking the global and local groups and community contexts
 

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 analyse different theoretical approaches to group work and community development practice in social work
2 analyse the potential for group and community work to address social justice and human rights concerns, particularly with respect to linking the local with the global
3 critically reflect on cultural safety in working with diverse groups and communities
4 demonstrate skills in group work and an ability to analyse different modes of group and community work practice

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

  1. analyse different theoretical approaches to group work and community development practice in social work
  2. analyse the potential for group and community work to address social justice and human rights concerns, particularly with respect to linking the local with the global
  3. critically reflect on cultural safety in working with diverse groups and communities
  4. demonstrate skills in group work and an ability to analyse different modes of group and community work practice

Prescribed texts

  • Hardina, D, 2013, Interpersonal Social Work Skills for Community Practice, Springer, New York. ISBN: 978 8261 0811 1.
  • McDermott, F, 2002, Inside Group Work: A Guide to Reflective Practice, Allen & Unwin, Sydney. ISBN: 1 86508 892 7 (paperback).
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.