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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
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work

Dr Sonya Stanford

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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 9/6/2020 16/6/2020 26/6/2020 12/7/2020

* 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. Compile and critique social work frameworks for practice that can inform transformative actions and strategies in practice, organisational and policy settings
  2. Elaborate how social workers can respond to oppressive and exploitative historical, cultural, social, geographic, economic and political dynamics and contexts in grounded, decolonising and principled ways.
  3. Build and trial a framework for social work practice as a life-long learning project through ongoing discussions with peers, supervisors and mentors, by keeping up to date with scholarly literature, and engaging in professional development activities.
  4. Construct and appraise a culturally sensitive and relevant frameworks for social work practice that demonstrates your commitment to decolonising social work.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090501

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is delivered wholly online and runs as an intensive unit. The material will be delivered in 2 x 3hr sessions online each week. Learning activities include lectures (2 hours per week), self-directed learning activities using videos and reflective activities (2 hours per week), readings (1 hour); and online group discussion activities (1 hour). Five optional webinars are offered.


Online quiz (10%);

Weekly portfolio of evidence of a developing culturally sensitive and critical framework for practice 1200 words (60%);

Lead and summarise an online discussion (30%).

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