Social Work Theory for Practice - 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 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Written Assignment (45%) , Assignment 2 - Written Assignment (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
HECS 793.00

Social Work Theory for Practice provides foundational knowledge on social work theory, models, methods and contemporary issues in social work practice including traditional, therapeutic and critical perspectives, and issues of professional identity. The capacity to critically appraise various approaches is developed. Pre-requisite: 7060HSV Foundations of Social Work Practice. Co-requisite: 7034HSV Field Placement 1.

Please refer to the Griffith University website for further information on this Unit.

1. Identify and critically analyse different theories from a social work perspective; gain skills in theory and method selection through application to case studies.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of how social work theory and practice are integrated with the profession's history and purpose.

3. Demonstrate application of social work's professional ethics when integrating theoretical knowledge with practice skills

4. Identify and critically analyse how different theoretical perspectives are conceptualized in social work assessments

5. Demonstrate knowledge of how to incorporate social work theory intro your developing practice framework.

6. Reflecting with critical awareness and insight on your own personal values, attitudes and identify as a social worker.


  • Assignment 1 — Written Assignment (45%)
  • Assignment 2 — Written Assignment (45%)
  • Participation — Guided Discussion Peers (10%)

Mandatory prerequisites

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

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to social work theory
2Evaluating social work theory (online content)
3Psychodynamic theories (online content)
4Crisis & task-centred practice
6Systems Theories
7Macro Practice
8Strengths, narrative & solution practice
9Humanism, Existentialism & Sprituality
10Empowerment & Advocacy
11Critical & Feminist theories
12Anti-oppressive theories

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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