SWM5100 - Social work: Fields of practice - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Margaret Alston

Coordinator(s)

Dr Samone McCurdy

Unit guides

Offered

Caulfield

  • First semester 2018 (Off-campus)
  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)

Synopsis

This unit offers an overview of the history and contemporary context of social work practice within a framework of understanding the connection between social issues, policy development and strategies for sustainable change at both local and global levels. The unit is underpinned by notions of social justice and human rights and offers a preview of topics that will be studied in greater depth in subsequent units within the course.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the nature of social work in a range of contexts and settings as well as describe contemporary debates about the nature of social work.
  2. Critically analyse the ethical value base of social work with particular reference to human rights and the promotion of social justice.
  3. Critically analyse key global social policy issues including, but not limited to, mass movement of people, climate change, reconstruction and poverty.
  4. Critically review and analyse contemporary trends in the delivery of social work services.
  5. Articulate the nature of social change and the strategies to achieve this.

Assessment

  • iSAP case study (1,000 words) (25%)
  • Annotated bibliography (2,500 words) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Examination (1.5 hours) (35%)

Workload requirements

4 contact hours (2 hours seminars, 2 hours tutorial and 8 hours of self-paced study)

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