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Community Work Practice HGW612


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This unit includes specific international contexts/case studies.   This unit includes international cross-cultural issues/skills.


This unit introduces students to a range of issues relating to the array of ideas, practical ways and traditions found in transformative, progressive and dialogical community work practice. The unit explores: the contested nature of the concept of community; critical perspectives on the nature and meaning of community practice; the wide range of values and ideological frameworks for community work practice; the roles and processes a social worker takes, participates in and facilitates during community work; current trends in local, national and international community work practice and the critiques and contradictions that exist in the thinking and the doing of community work practice as we understand it in the West.


Unit name Community Work Practice
Unit code HGW612
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work
Coordinator Doctor Justin Canty
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • critically examine the concepts of community and community work in terms of broader ethical, political, economic, cultural and social issues.
  • critique the theories, approaches and strategies of community work practice.
  • understand the role of the social worker and the relevance of developing a framework for community work practice.
  • demonstrate, at a well developed level the qualities of a critical, reflexive practitioner by locating and implicating the self in relation to community work practice.
  • develop appropriate community work responses for working with communities to address oppression and social justice issues.
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HGW512 - Practice Frameworks for Change AND HGW513 - Social Work Practicum 1 AND HGW514 - Social Work in Context AND HGW515 - Research & Policy for Change AND HGW516 - Working in Organisational and Legal Settings AND HGW517 - Direct Practice 1 & Professional Communication


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