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Social Work Theories, Values and Frameworks for 21st Century Practice HGW512



Restricted to MSW only


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 HGW512
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Coordinator Doctor Kate Vincent
Available as student elective? No
Level Postgraduate


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 14/6/2022 21/6/2022 1/7/2022 17/7/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • articulate a theoretically informed and ethical framework for social work practice that clearly identifies the relationship between change, care (the ethics and values of change), contexts and power to define the purpose, scope and practices of social work.
  • explain and demonstrate how social workers can address cultural contexts as a core component of their frameworks for practice to help define what needs to change and how such change can occur with care and by being reflective of the use of power.
  • apply a theoretically informed and ethical practice framework in social work assessments that could support achieving socially just change in the lives of people in interpersonal, institutional and other socio-political contexts.
  • demonstrate the qualities of a critically reflective social worker by critically evaluating how your framework for practice could help or hinder the achievement of social work goals in social work interventions; and whether your framework for practice reflects social work ethics and values.
  • use advanced communication skills to articulate your framework for practice.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090501 $1,828.00 $858.00 1002$1,002.00

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AssessmentExamination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (10%)|Portfolio (60%)|Abstract (30%)
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