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Social Innovation and Sustainability and 21st Century 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
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work

Dr Joselynn Baltra-Ulloa

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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Reveal how discrimination, oppression, exploitation and inequality are maintained in systems and institutions using intersectional analysis.
  2. Analyse how locally relevant social injustice and human rights issues are linked to global social sustainability challenges in social work practice.
  3. 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.
  4. Propose new forms of ethical activism in social work practice that progress the decolonisation agenda and that respond to global inequalities and injustices.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $1,671.00 2020: $4,216.00 090501

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Teaching Pattern

Each week, you will complete an hour of online learning activities (including lectures, videos, podcasts and other activities). You will also have approximately two hours of prescribed reading to complete each week. In addition, you will attend 6 x 6-hour face-to-face intensives. In total, you will need to allow 16-20 hours per week to complete all of the learning and assessments for this unit, including independent study. There is an 80% attendance requirement to meet accreditation standards.


Reflection on learning 1800 words (40%); Group poster and case study, including 10-minute group presentation (40%); Written assignment 1000 words (20%)

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