Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast
Restricted to BSW with Honours
The unit focuses on key contexts of social work practice in the human services. By developing this understanding, you will gain knowledge of how you can practice effectively and influence these contexts to enhance outcomes for social work clients. Through a critical lens, you will examine ethical decision-making models, policy frameworks, legal and justice models and organisational theory. You will consider their relevance to contemporary human service organisations and for informing social work practice. Importantly, the unit emphasises lived experience and cultural diversity as key considerations for all practice contexts. This includes examining the need to decolonise institutional arrangements and on-the-ground practices. Critical analysis and reflection is consistently used throughout the unit to challenge you to work respectfully with each other and in culturally relevant ways as a part of team projects. At all times, you are expected to demonstrate your commitment to professional standards that are presented in the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) Practice Standards (2013) and AASW Codes of Ethics (2010).
|Unit name||Contexts of Social Work Practice|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Dr Jenny Hay
Associate Professor Anthea Vreugdenhil
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Cradle Coast||Semester 1||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* 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.
- Use the diverse range of lived experience knowledge for advocating reforms to discriminatory social policies, laws, service systems and service delivery methods.
- Apply digital technology creatively, ethically and responsibly to progress the goals of social working all practice domains and settings.
- Examine the foundations of relational and self-reflective practices that facilitate respectful access and application of culturally relevant knowledge in social work.
- Examine the foundations of ethical decision-making by engaging in reflective practices that are culturally and professionally relevant.
- Analyse experiences of ethical and moral dissonance that occur in organisational, policy and legal settings and consider their resolution.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|1||2020: $835.00||2020: $2,108.00||090501|
Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
100 credit points at Introductory level and 100 credit points at Intermediate level.
Each week, you will complete an hour of online learning activities (including lectures, videos, podcasts and other activities). You will also have approximately one hour of prescribed reading to complete each week. In addition, you will attend weekly 2-hour face-to-face tutorials. There is an 80% attendance requirement to meet accreditation standards.
Class presentation and written summary (800 words) of agency visit (30%); class discussion of an ethical dilemma (30%); blog post of social policy analysis (1500 words) (40%).
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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