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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Chenoweth, L & McAuliffe, D, 2015, The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice, 4th edn, Cengage Learning, Melbourne.

Session 3

  • Chenoweth, L & McAuliffe, D, 2015, The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice, 4th edn, Cengage Learning, Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours  (12 weeks )


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 1 hour  (12 weeks)


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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