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Introduction to Social Work and Human Service Practice HGW101

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


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.


Unit name Introduction to Social Work and Human Service Practice
Unit code HGW101
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Coordinator Doctor Jacob Prehn|Doctor Kate Vincent
Available as student elective? Yes


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Use critical social work theories and critical analytical skills to reveal how historical and current inequalities of power and privilege are constructed.
  • 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.
  • Examine how social work is shaped and constrained by key national and international contexts and discourses by collaborating with others.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090501 $1,828.00 $858.00 1002$1,002.00

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AssessmentJournal (40%)|Attendance (40%)|Discussion posts (online) (20%)
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