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Session1, 3
Session1, 3

Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

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.   The art of Social Work and the use of self

2.   Ideologies, Ethics and Values of Social Work

3.   Social Work Practice theories and Framework

4.   Social Justice and critical consciousness

5.   Privilege, Oppression and Disadvantage

6.   Neoliberalism and the labour Market

7.   The Welfare State and Critical SW

8.   Cross-Cultural Social Work

9.   Aboriginal Issues in Context

10. Decolonised Social Work Practice

11. Critical and Reflective Practice

12. Framing the conclusion

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

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

  1. discuss the core knowledge and values of the social work profession
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  2. explain how social workers respond to ethical issues and dilemmas
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  3. critically evaluate different social work theories and models
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. explain how evidence-based and reflective practice models can be used to inform social work practice.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

  • Connolly, M, Harms, L & Maidment, J, 2018, Social Work Contexts and Practice, 4th edn, Oxford University Press.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.