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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces the legal and social policy contexts of social work practice. Identifies the ways in which the law and social policy can be used to promote the rights and needs of clients and community members. Examines the legal obligations of social works and strategies for social workers to use the law and policy in their practice.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction

Topic 2: Networks of policy and legislation

Topic 3: Social work practice, the law and social policy

Topic 4: Historical context for social policy and the law in Australia

Topic 5: Analysing and taking action

Topic 6: Domestic and family violence, and sexual violence

Topic 7: Ageing and aged care

Topic 8: Child protection and out of home care

Topic 9: Mental health

Topic 10: Immigration, refugees and asylum seekers

Topic 11: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Topic 12: Disability

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Explain the ways in which the law and social policy provide both opportunities for and constraints on social work practice. Knowledge of a discipline
2 Explain the legal obligations of practising social workers in Australia. Intellectual rigour
3 Analyse legal and policy processes in relation to particular fields of social work practice, including mental health, domestic violence, and social security. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 Identify and critically evaluate social work practice strategies that make use of legal and policy knowledge. Intellectual rigour

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

  1. Explain the ways in which the law and social policy provide both opportunities for and constraints on social work practice.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Explain the legal obligations of practising social workers in Australia.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. Analyse legal and policy processes in relation to particular fields of social work practice, including mental health, domestic violence, and social security.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Identify and critically evaluate social work practice strategies that make use of legal and policy knowledge.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour

Prescribed texts

  • Rice, S., Day, A., & Briskman, L. , 2018, Social Work in the Shadow of the Law , 5th Edition, The Federation Press , Sydney. ISBN: 9781760021610.

  • Rice, S., Day, A., & Briskman, L. , 2018, Social Work in the Shadow of the Law , 5th Edition, The Federation Press , Sydney. ISBN: 9781760021610.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.