Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Engages students with  knowledge and skills for working in groups and teams. The interdisciplinary context of social work is examined and students gain skills in work in collaboration with other professionals and disciplines. Students learn to conceptualise groups and communities and to critique community development models and practices.  

Unit content

1. Identifying groups and teams in social work practice: purpose, roles and functions.

2. Doing group work: promoting self advocacy, psycho educational groups, support groups and therapeutic groups.  

3. Working in teams: interdisciplinary practice and the social work perspective. Care teams in child and family practice. The 'team around the child' in out of home care. 

4. Conceptualising  communities and the role of social work. Principles and dimensions of human rights and community development. 

5. Decolonising social work practice in communities.

6. Consulting diverse communities, developing an understanding of  community development models. 


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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