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Introduction to Social Work and Human Service Practice HGW101

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


This unit introduces you to the foundations of social work practice in human service organisations. You will develop critical analytical skills to explore historical and contemporary inequalities of power and privilege based on, for example, race, gender, sexuality, geographic location and health status. Through this examination, you will be able to clarify the role of social work to create more inclusive, just and humane societies. You will gain an understanding about the purpose and domains of social work practice, professional standards, knowledge for practice, and ethics. Practice fields and methods of intervention are covered to illustrate how social workers work in micro, meso and macro environments to create a more just society and to protect and enable human rights.

A focus of the unit is the relational and reflective nature of social work practice in the human-services sector. There is an emphasis on developing effective and respectful listening skills and contributing to a positive learning environment. You will be challenged to debate and evaluate your personal beliefs and assumptions about the nature of social problems and the potential of your views to impact practice with social work clients. You will participate in group discussions, individual and group reflections, role-plays and other cooperative and group-based learning activities to develop a sense of your capacity for teamwork and reflective practice


Unit name Introduction to Social Work and Human Service Practice
Unit code HGW101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work


Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Illustrate the role and value of micro, meso and macro social work responses to contemporary social justice and human rights issues using contemporary case scenarios.
  2. Use critical social work theories and critical analytical skills to reveal how historical and current inequalities of power and privilege are constructed.
  3. Identify personal beliefs and values and consider their impact for social work practice by using critical reflection skills and engaging with constructive feedback from others.
  4. Examine how social work is shaped and constrained by key national and international contexts and discourses by collaborating with others.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090501

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Teaching Pattern

Each week, you will complete an hour of online learning activities (including lectures, videos, podcasts and other activities). You will also have approximately one hour of prescribed reading to complete each week. In addition, you will attend weekly 2-hour face-to-face tutorials. There is an 80% attendance requirement to meet accreditation standards.


Assessment Task 1: Respectful online discussion of a social issue and participation in discussions (2 x 200-word posts = 400 words). 20%.
Assessment Task 2: Group class presentation of social work practice challenges (15 minutes) and peer assessment (3 x 200-word peer assessments = 600 words). 40%
Assessment Task 3: Journal of learning provocations 2000 words. 40%.

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