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SWK2130

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedBerwick First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kerry Brydon

Synopsis

This is an introductory unit that introduces students to the theories and contemporary debates concerning social welfare, with particular reference to child welfare and aged care, as well as the institutional and organizational settings of social welfare. Throughout the unit there will be a particular emphasis on the practice settings of child welfare and aged care.

Outcomes

Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the nature of social welfare and its various activities and fields of practice with particular reference to child welfare and aged care practice;
  2. Locate activities within the spectrum of roles performed by social welfare practitioners ranging from direct casework practice through to research and policy formulation with particular reference to child welfare and aged care practice;
  3. Describe some key theories which apply to direct practice and demonstrate a beginning understanding of when and how to use these theories; and
  4. Debate the current roles and future directions for social welfare practice with particular reference to child welfare and aged care practice.

Assessment

Assignment of 2,250 words analyzing the nature of social welfare practice in the contemporary setting, worth 50% of the unit mark.

Assignment of 2,250 words outlining a vision for future practice, worth 50% of the unit mark.

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Contact hours

Students will attend up to three hours of direct teaching classes per week and are expected to complete nine hours of independent study each week.