Courses & Units

Collaboration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Social Work HGW424

Hobart, Launceston


Restricted BSW (Hons)


This unit extends understanding of what it means to initiate responses to social problems, take responsibility for enacting and leading these responses, and being a part of ventures that do the same. Collaborative and collective social work leadership approaches and skills are taught to equip you with knowledge and skills about how you can leverage solidarity, cooperation and consensus to address injustices. The unit builds on these ideas by exploring social entrepreneurship and innovation in social work. You will be encouraged to think of yourself in the roles of social intra- and entrepreneurs and you will be taught a range of practical skills to support creative collaborative and participative change projects. You can expect to engage in processes of self and collective critical reflection, mutual enquiry, group discussions, role plays and dialogical learning as they explore practices of innovation and collaborative leadership in the 21st century.


Unit name Collaboration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Social Work
Unit code HGW424
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work

Jacob Prehn

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

* 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. Identify personal enablers and barriers to working collaboratively and cooperatively with client groups, team members, managers and other professionals to develop respectful entrepreneurial leadership practices in social work.
  2. Explain the potential of collaborative, cooperative and relational leadership models for improving social work client outcomes and achieving sustainable social change.
  3. Build collaborative and cooperative relationships with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders in assessments, planning, interventions and evaluations of social work practice.
  4. Appraise the collaborative and cooperative basis of social work decisions and practices by referring to theoretical knowledge, culturally relevant knowledge, professional practice standards, client and community outcomes and direct feedback.



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

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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Teaching Pattern

Over a 10-week period, you will attend 5 x 6 hours face-to-face workshops (30 hours).

Each week, over a 10-week period, you will complete an hour of online learning activities (including lectures, videos, podcasts and other activities). You will also have approximately one hour of reading to complete each week. In total, you will need to allow 8-at least 10 hours per week to complete all of the learning and assessments for this unit, including independent study. An 80% minimum attendance requirement is needed to meet accreditation standards.


Written reflection on leadership 1000-words (20%)

Presentation of case study development 1000-words (30%)

Group video and written reflection 1500-words (50%)

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