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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 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.

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 the purpose and theoretical underpinnings of a range of groups in social work practiceCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2demonstrate an understanding of the social worker's role in establishing, enabling and facilitating a range of service user groups including self advocacy , support, psycho-educational and therapeutic groupsKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3bring a social work perspective to a range of interdisciplinary team settings, including care team approaches in child and family practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4apply a community development framework to a complex community issue, in a culturally safe manner Knowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
5articulate the principles and dimensions of human rights and community development in decolonised social work practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence

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

  1. describe the purpose and theoretical underpinnings of a range of groups in social work practice
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the social worker's role in establishing, enabling and facilitating a range of service user groups including self advocacy , support, psycho-educational and therapeutic groups
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. bring a social work perspective to a range of interdisciplinary team settings, including care team approaches in child and family practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. apply a community development framework to a complex community issue, in a culturally safe manner
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. articulate the principles and dimensions of human rights and community development in decolonised social work practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

Domestic

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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