|Gold Coast||Session 1||Session 1|
|Online||Session 1,3||Session 1|
Introduces the legal and social policy contexts of social work practice. Identifies the ways in which the law and social policy can be used to promote the rights and needs of clients and community members. Examines the legal obligations of social works and strategies for social workers to use the law and policy in their practice.
Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: Networks of policy and legislation
Topic 3: Social work practice, the law and social policy
Topic 4: Historical context for social policy and the law in Australia
Topic 5: Analysing and taking action
Topic 6: Domestic and family violence, and sexual violence
Topic 7: Ageing and aged care
Topic 8: Child protection and out of home care
Topic 9: Mental health
Topic 10: Immigration, refugees and asylum seekers
Topic 11: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Topic 12: Disability
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Explain the ways in which the law and social policy provide both opportunities for and constraints on social work practice.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Explain the legal obligations of practising social workers in Australia.||Intellectual rigour|
|3||Analyse legal and policy processes in relation to particular fields of social work practice, including mental health, domestic violence, and social security.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Identify and critically evaluate social work practice strategies that make use of legal and policy knowledge.||Intellectual rigour|
- Fawcett, B, Goodwin, S, Meagher, G & Philips, R, 2010, Social Policy for Social Change, 1st edn, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra.
- Kennedy, R, Richards, J & Leiman, T, 2016, Integrating Human Service Law, Ethics and Practice, 4th edn, Oxford Uni Press, South Melbourne.
- Rice, S., Day, A., & Briskman, L. , 2018, Social Work in the Shadow of the Law , 5th Edition, The Federation Press , Sydney. ISBN: 9781760021610.
Teaching and assessment
|Tutorial on-site 3 hours (Fortnightly)|
|Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)|
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