Courses & Units

Trauma and Justice HGW431

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Restricted to BSW(Hons)


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 HGW431
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work

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 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

1. Apply ethical methods of communicating with clients, colleagues and managers by being respectful, sharing information, demonstrating flexibility and working collaboratively.
2. Formulate interventions using culturally relevant and adaptable communication strategies that maximise client engagement, input and involvement.
3. Present complex information in a compelling way through highly effective written and public communication skills that are also culturally relevant
4. Debate the transformative potential of care ethics to promote equality and justice in social work services and social policy.



Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090501 $1,812.0 $850.0 if eligible, $994 $2,108.0

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HGW302, HGW303, HGW308, HGW312 and HGW327


Teaching Pattern

This unit is taught over a 10 week period comprising:

Weekly online learning activities, including lecture and other self-directed exercises.

Weekly face-to-face workshops (120 mins x 10 weeks)

80% minimum compulsory attendance requirement to meet accreditation requirements


Task 1: Written reflection on values and beliefs on trauma, 1000 words (20%)

Task 2: Written group work proposal, 1500 words (30%)

Task 3: Co-facilitation of 45-minute group and written reflection, 1500 words (50%)

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