Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
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Unit description

Develops students' understanding of skills in social work practice in groups and communities. Encourages students to identify the potential of both community development and group work in addressing social justice and human rights issues as they impact on a range of different communities. Enables students to consider different modes of group work practice, including support groups and therapeutic groups.

Unit content

1. Understanding and theorising group work
2. Group development and group processes
3. Support, therapeutic and psycho-educational groups
4. Responding to conflict in groups and communities
5. Conceptualising community, including location-based and identity-based communities
6. Community development models and practices, including assets-based community development
7. Community education and community consultation
8. Linking the global and local: the potential of social work practice in groups and communities

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

  • Hardina, D, 2013, Interpersonal Social Work Skills for Community Practice, Springer, New York. ISBN: 978 8261 0811 1.
  • McDermott, F, 2002, Inside Group Work: A Guide to Reflective Practice, Allen & Unwin, Sydney. ISBN: 1 86508 892 7 (paperback).
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours (8 weeks )
Discussion board20%
Case study50%

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

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Fee information


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