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Social Innovation, Sustainability and Regenerative Social Work HGW503

Hobart, Launceston


Social workers confront ever-increasing impacts of social suffering arising from ever widening and deepening disparities of power and privilege in local and global contexts. This unit equips you with intersectional analysis skills, theoretical knowledge and practice skills to understand, confront and respond to the multiple impacts of social injustice and human rights neglect and abuses. The unit begins by examining the contested nature of contemporary life and how history has shaped how social work has responded to social, cultural, economic and political problems. Attention then turns to social sustainability principles, theories and contexts and what this means for innovating social work practice in the 21st century. You will explore new ways of working for sustainable social change, including practices that engage communities in meaningful ways. Case studies focusing on issues such as climate change, racial and ethnic conflicts and poverty are a focus. You can expect to engage in processes of self and collective critical reflection, mutual enquiry, group discussions, role plays and dialogical learning as they explore the global and local contexts of how social innovation and sustainability form a part of social work in the 21st century.


Unit name Social Innovation and Sustainability and 21st Century Social Work
Unit code HGW503
Credit points 25
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Coordinator Doctor Ann Joselynn (Joselynn) Baltra-Ulloa
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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

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use intersectional analysis to communicate how discrimination, oppression, exploitation and inequality are maintained in systems and institutions
  • Analyse how locally relevant social injustice and human rights issues are linked to global social sustainability challenges in social work practice.
  • Compose a statement of practice principles and values that are congruent with the decolonising agenda in social work and could inform social policy interventions focused on social sustainability goals.
  • Propose new forms of ethical activism in social work practice that progress the decolonisation agenda and that respond to global inequalities and injustices.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090501 $3,625.00 $1,701.00 $1,987.00 $4,216.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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