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Unit description

Takes a student-centred approach in introducing students to key concepts, theories, ideas and perspectives in the field of Australian social welfare, and explores the main sources of critical knowledge, skills and attributes that are essential to social welfare practice in relation to various client populations.

Unit content

Module 1: Introduction and broad overview

Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: Welfare populations

Module 2: Knowledge frameworks

Topic 3: Historical foundations for practice
Topic 4: Practice foundations in philosophy (justice and ethics)
Topic 5: Practice foundations in philosophy (power and rights)
Topic 6: The knowledge base of practice

Module 3: Practice in welfare

Topic 7: Practice domains and methods
Topic 8: Social welfare practice and ethical standards
Topic 9: Critical reflection and welfare
Topic 10: Organisational context of practice
Topic 11: Social welfare work: Roles and responsibilities
Topic 12: Developing your practice

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:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe what is meant by 'critical reflective practice'Intellectual rigour
2describe the relevance of social, justice, human rights and empowerment, to the world of social welfare practiceKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3trace the emergence of 'social welfare systems' in AustraliaKnowledge of a discipline
4describe the current organisation and structure of social welfare provision in AustraliaKnowledge of a discipline
5critically examine social welfare as a form and practice of 'government'Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
6demonstrate critical awareness of a range of contested meanings, concepts and perspectives in the domain of social welfareIntellectual rigourLifelong learning
7critically examine the nature of 'practice', 'intervention', and roles and responsibilities in relation to specific 'subject populations'.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

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

  1. describe what is meant by 'critical reflective practice'
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. describe the relevance of social, justice, human rights and empowerment, to the world of social welfare practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. trace the emergence of 'social welfare systems' in Australia
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. describe the current organisation and structure of social welfare provision in Australia
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. critically examine social welfare as a form and practice of 'government'
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. demonstrate critical awareness of a range of contested meanings, concepts and perspectives in the domain of social welfare
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  7. critically examine the nature of 'practice', 'intervention', and roles and responsibilities in relation to specific 'subject populations'.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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