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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. Historically significant social work theories are examined in light of emerging trends that are reshaping how social work is defined and practiced, and 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
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work

Dr Sonya Stanford

Teaching staff

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


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Jun 9/6/2020 16/6/2020 26/6/2020 12/7/2020

* 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. Explain how social workers can speak back to oppressive and exploitative historical, cultural, social, geographic, economic and political contexts and dynamics in decolonising, knowledgeable and principled ways.
  2. Develop critical social work frameworks for practice that inform transformative actions and strategies in practice, organisational and policy settings.
  3. Adapt a framework for social work practice as a life-long learning project through ongoing discussions with peers, supervisors and mentors, by keeping up-to-date with scholarly literature, and engaging in professional development activities.



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

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100 credit points introductory level units and 100 credit points intermediate level units.


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.


Online Quiz 10% 1;

Lead and summarise an online discussion 30%;

Weekly portfolio of evidence of a framework for practice (1200 words overall) 60%

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