Contemporary Debates in Social Work Practice - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Written Assignment (30%) , Assignment 2 - Written Assignment (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
HECS 793.00

This course explores current directions and debates in social work, social and political institutions and discourses and their impact on social work, and begins the process of requiring students to articulate what kind of social worker they want to be and their stance on key professional issues.

Pre requisites: 7060HSV Foundations of Social Work Practice; 7061HSV Social Work Theory for Practice

Incompatible: 3038HSV Social Work 2

1. Describe the historical and contemporary context of social work locally, nationally and internationally

2. Describe the particular challenges/threats facing social work via recognition of the key debates which includes the future of social work

3. Identify and describe different social models of social work

4. Identify and critically reflect on the tensions, ambiguities and contradictions in the social work context

5. Critically discuss particular social and political factor that impact on society including power, gender, race, age, sexuality, disability, and the legal and organizational context.

6. Gain an appreciation of how the above material is understood and negotiated in different social work fields and settings

7. Work effectively with your peers, communicating effectively as a team towards required outcomes

  • Assignment 1 — Written Assignment (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Written Assignment (45%)
  • Presentation — Presentation Group tutorial (25%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Pre requisite: HSV7061 (Social Work Theory for Practice)

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The contemporary social work practice environment
2Critical social work practice in Australia
3Practice perspectives from the field
4Social work and evidence-based practice
5Social Work and oppression
6Practice perspectives from the field
7Social work and human rights
8Social work and culturally relevant practice
9Practice perspective from the field
10Eco social work
11Globalisation and international social work: the future of social work
12Regulation of social work and social workers
13"The Round Up": A review of learning and achievements

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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