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Unit description

Takes a student-centred approach in introducing students to key concepts, theories, ideas and perspectives in the field of Australian social welfare, and explores the main sources of critical knowledge, skills and attributes that are essential to social welfare practice in relation to various client populations.

Unit content

  1. Key concepts and definitions
  2. Practice fundamentals
  3. Critical theorising and reflection on practice
  4. Practice foundations in philosophy
  5. Organisational context and ethical standards
  6. Developing your practice: Roles and responsibilities

 

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1describe a range of contested meanings, concepts and perspectives in the domain of social welfare
2identify and describe the nature of 'practice', 'intervention', and roles and responsibilities in relation to specific 'subject populations'
3analyse current organisation and structure of social welfare provision in Australia
4critically reflect on social welfare practice in relation to social justice, ethics, and power.

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

  1. describe a range of contested meanings, concepts and perspectives in the domain of social welfare
  2. identify and describe the nature of 'practice', 'intervention', and roles and responsibilities in relation to specific 'subject populations'
  3. analyse current organisation and structure of social welfare provision in Australia
  4. critically reflect on social welfare practice in relation to social justice, ethics, and power.

Prescribed texts

  • Chenoweth, L & McAuliffe, D, 2020, The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice, 6th edn, Cengage Learning, Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Assessment
Short written response40%
Report60%

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Assessment
Short written response40%
Report60%
Notice

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