Courses & Units

Social Work in Context HGW514

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


Restricted to MSW


This unit provides an introduction to contemporary human services in Western society and the place of social work within that context. It traces the history of the welfare state in Australia from the nineteenth century to the new millennium with reference to postcolonial development, and the principles governing social distribution. Theories of distribution are linked to the development of social policy and the impact on social justice. An exploration of the changing relationship between the personal and private and the political and public underpins this unit. The process of critical analysis and reflection will consistently be used to explore the implications of the historical context for social work practice and to assist students in the development of ethical frameworks of practice.


Unit name Social Work in Context
Unit code HGW514
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work

Dr Anthea Vreugdenhil

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Eligible for entry into the qualifying MSW


Teaching Pattern

Online learning modules; 1 x 90 minute weekly face-to-face tutorial


Tutorial participation (20%); 1 assignment of 2000 words (or equivalent) (30%); 2-hour exam (50%)

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