Critical Reflective Practice in Social Work - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Critical Reflection on Practic (50%) , Assignment 2 - Practice Framework Outline (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
HECS 793.00

7063HSV Critical Reflective Practice in Social Work will develop knowledge and skills about critical theory, critical thinking and critical reflection.  They will learn to critically analyse their own practice and how to maintain a critical gaze/agenda. Students will consolidate and articulate their practice framework.

1. Understand and be able to describe the components of critical reflective practice which encompasses (1) critical reflection on practice (2) critical thinking and analysis skills (3) critical action and (4) the challenges of being a critical social worker

2. Recognise, unpack, articulate and critique the components of your evolving practice frameworks.  This includes identifying knowledge, theory, skill and pesonalised understanding influencing practice and both explicit and tacit levels.

3. Become familiar with techniques for facilitating critical reflection on practice and how knowledge is communicated in the field by social work practitioners, and in inter-professional practice.

4. Demonstrate your  capacity to critically analyse situations/issues via effective utilization of critical thinking skills and processes, with focus on use of research and evidence.

5. Revisit and extend understanding of critical action which involves identifying structural disadvantage, inequality, power imbalance and social injustice and proesses that can move towards addressing such situations/issues.

6. Describe the particular challenges facing a social worker in the contemporary environment in relation to engaging with service-users, teams and within and across organisations.

7. Become familiar with the challenges of being a social worker: managing work, prioritising, working with multiple perspectives, complexity, 'not knowing', supervision and recognising professional development needs.

  • Assignment 1 — Critical Reflection on Practic (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Practice Framework Outline (10%)
  • Presentation — Practice Framework presentatn (40%)

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.

Course must be completed alongside HSV7044 (Field Placement 2)

  • Broadband access — Student must have online access to course sites
  • Includes Travel — Students are required to arrange their own travel and accommodation to and from the Griffith University Gold Coast Campus for the 1-week intensive
  • Some on campus attendance — This unit includes a 1-week compusory intensive at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus

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.

1Introduction to the Course
2What is critical reflective practice?
3Critical practice - self, self awareness & frameworks
4Critical practice - thinking and analysis
5Critical practice - generating knowledge from practice
6Critical practice- action: skills, process and challenging structural inequality & disadvantage
7Critical practice - Challenges of working with service users
8Critical practice - reflections on ethics
9Developing Frameworks for Practice (invited guests)
10Challenges of working within teams and organisations
11The challenge of being a professional social worker
12Summary and Evaluation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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