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SWK4032

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
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Marija Dragic

Synopsis

This unit uses a range of case studies to assist the student in working through the complex issues faced by many social work clients. The unit asks the students to reflect on their knowledge and theory to draw upon appropriate assessment and intervention techniques for a range of social work situations.

Outcomes

  1. Critically reflect on their own values and how this impacts on social work practice
  2. Articulate the depth and complexity of use of self in professional practice
  3. Identify complexity in areas such as but not limited to ageing, cultural and linguistic diversity, class, family dysfunction, violence, poverty and disability
  4. Respond to the complexity of diversity in social work practice based on an understanding of theoretical approaches and models of practice
  5. Develop frameworks for dealing with complexity in social work and the ability to develop appropriate strategies and interventions

Assessment

One oral presentation (70%):
Students will individually present an analysis of their proposed Honours study focusing on the following key areas:
1. Articulating the position of the researcher in the research: reflecting on how or if their values and beliefs have affected their interpretation of the topic and how these are to be managed in their study (Meets Learning Objectives 1 and 2)
2. Identify issues of complexity and diversity in their proposed study (Meets Learning Objective 3)
3. Present a strategy for responding to likely diversity in their Honours study, based on an understanding of relevant theory and models of practice

This assessment is both summative - requiring students to demonstrate self awareness, an understanding of diversity and responses to this; and formative - students will engage with ideas which they will develop further in the Honours dissertation (SWK4003)

One written paper (30%): outlining the oral presentation.
This can either be a formal written essay (Word limit 1000 words) or a PowerPoint presentation (Limit 10 slides).

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hour weekly lecture

Prerequisites