Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Develops foundational skills and knowledge by exploring the philosophical, historical and ethical foundations of social work. Examines ethical professional relationships that reflect the values of the social work profession.  Develops knowledge and skills in theoretical traditions and practice methods. 

Unit content

1. Overview of social work practice with individuals, families and groups.

2. Social work knowledge:  theories and models within the context of Australian social work practice.

3.  Relationship based practice in the context of diversity.

4.  Australian social work values and the AASW code of ethics.

5.  Working with issues of power, oppression and exploitation.

6. Social justice, human rights and social work.

7. Understanding  historical and contemporary cross-cultural issues in Australia and internationally, using theories of ethnicity, whiteness, diversity, intersectionality and racisim.

8. Developing cultural humility and culturally safe social work 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

Teaching and assessment


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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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