Courses & Units

Trauma and Justice HGW631

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


This unit examines the intersection between trauma and justice and is informed by a commitment to social justice and a political ethic of care. At a macro level, you will learn how social workers can promote policy, legislation and practice that aim to acknowledge, address and prevent trauma by challenging social structures and advocating for vulnerable groups. At a micro level, you will learn skills for recognising and responding to trauma at an individual and community level, and according to the needs of specific groups of people.

Group work is used in this unit to explore issues that commonly result in, or stem from experiences of trauma, including sexual abuse, family violence, disasters, colonisation, mental illness, poverty, and grief and loss. You will join groups both as facilitators and participants and complete a detailed analysis of one group work session.


Unit name Trauma and Justice
Unit code HGW631
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Teaching staff

Dr Justin Canty

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
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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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. Use creative and effective communication strategies to engage people in knowledge generation and knowledge exchange activities to advance social justice and human rights.
  2. Judge the transformative potential of care ethics to promote equality and justice in social work services and social policy.
  3. Adapt communication strategies to enhance collaboration and cultural relevance.
  4. Create and evaluate culturally relevant interventions using communication strategies that maximise client engagement, input and involvement.



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

60 minute lecture, weekly

120 minute workshop, weekly

80% minimum compulsory attendance requirement to pass the unit.


Written reflection on values and beliefs on trauma 1000-words (20%); Written group work proposal 1500-words (30%); Co-facilitation of 45-minute group and written reflection (1500-words) (50%).

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