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Social Work Theories, Values and Frameworks for 21st Century Practice HGW302


Restricted to BSW (Hons)


This unit explores how social work theories and contexts inter-relate as a basis for a framework for identifying the purpose and practice of social work. Historical and contemporary social work theories are examined, relying on diverse knowledges, including First Nations knowledges that are reshaping how social work is defined and practiced. This provides an important foundation for grounding your emerging frameworks for practice. Moral theories will help ground you in your understanding of principled and theoretically informed frameworks for action. You will consider the relationships between theories and practice as they apply to case scenarios each week. This unit prepares you for Social Work Practicum 1.


Unit name Social Work Theories, Values and Frameworks for 21st Century Practice
Unit code HGW302
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Coordinator Doctor Jacob Prehn
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Jun Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Jun 14/6/2022 21/6/2022 1/7/2022 17/7/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • articulate a theoretically informed and ethical framework for social work practice that clearly identifies the relationship between change, care (the ethics and values of change), contexts and power to define the purpose, scope and practices of social work.
  • explain and demonstrate how social workers can address cultural contexts as a core component of their frameworks for practice to help define what needs to change and how such change can occur with care and by being reflective of the use of power.
  • apply a theoretically informed and ethical practice framework in social work assessments that could support achieving socially just change in the lives of people in interpersonal, institutional and other socio-political contexts.
  • demonstrate the qualities of a critically reflective social worker by critically evaluating how your framework for practice could help or hinder the achievement of social work goals in social work interventions; and whether your framework for practice reflects social work ethics and values.
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 $1,002.00 $2,108.00

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is delivered wholly online and runs as an intensive unit. The material will be delivered in 2 x 3hr sessions online each week. Learning activities include lectures (2 hours per week), self-directed learning activities using videos and reflective activities (2 hours per week), readings (1 hour); and online group discussion activities (1 hour). Five optional webinars are offered.

AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Online Quiz (10%) (10%)|Assessment Task 3: Weekly portfolio of evidence of a framework for practice (2000 words overall) 50% (50%)|Assessment Task 2 :Contribute to and summarise an online discussion (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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