Unit description

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.

Unit content

  1. Human rights and social work
  2. Understanding policy processes and analysis
  3. Understanding law making and the courts
  4. Mental health law and policy
  5. Domestic violence law and policy
  6. Social security law and policy
  7. Social work roles in the law and policy practice, including as policy actors
  8. Making submissions to public inquiries

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 1

  • Fawcett, B, Goodwin, S, Meagher, G & Phillips, R, 2010, Social Policy for Social Change, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra.
  • Kennedy, R, Richards, J & Leiman, T, 2013, Integrating Human Service Law, Ethics and Practice, 3rd edn, Oxford Uni Press, South Melbourne.

Session 3

  • Fawcett, B, Goodwin, S, Meagher, G & Phillips, R, 2010, Social Policy for Social Change, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra.
  • Kennedy, R, Richards, J & Leiman, T, 2013, Integrating Human Service Law, Ethics and Practice, 3rd edn, Oxford Uni Press, South Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 3 hours (12 Weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Essay60%

Online

Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 Weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Essay60%
Notice

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