Casework, Case Management: Theory and Practice

Course code SPSW3413Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Introduces students to a fully developed model of empowering progressive welfare practice through groupwork and casework. This course assumes an analysis which constantly links the causes of personal and social problems to the problems in the socio-economic structure, rather than to inadequacies inherent in individual people or in socially disadvantaged minority groups. This course offers students the opportunity to develop skills in offering structural explanations to personal problems and explore the ramifications of such an analysis in groupwork and casework practice.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

1. an understanding of structural analysis by which personal problems can be traced to causes in the socio-economic structure.
2. an ability to provide a critique of the existing social, political and economic arrangements.
3. an ability to analyze the social control functions of the welfare profession and welfare system.
4. demonstrate an ability in offering structural explanations to personal problems and explore the ramifications of such an analysis in groupwork and casework practice.
5. a developed commitment to the goals of personal liberation and social change.
ContentThe content of this course involves examining theoretically and developing applied practice methods in:
* structural analysis whereby personal problems can be traced to causes in the socio-economic structure.
* providing a critique of the existing social, political and economic arrangements.
* analyzing social control functions of the welfare profession and welfare system.
* offering structural explanations to personal problems and explore the ramifications of such an analysis in group work and casework practice.
Replacing Course(s)Replacing HUMA2400
Replaces HUMA3413 Progressive Welfare Practice 1
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HUMA2400 or HUMA3413 should not enrol in this course. Students who have not completed HUMA2400 may enrol in HUMA3413.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPSW1401
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 2500 words, worth 50%. Students are to apply a progressive model of groupwork to a specific group which can be identified as oppressed. Students are to consider how class, gender, race, religion, disability and/or sexual preference may limit the life chances of group members.
ReportsClass presentation and written report (total equiv. 2500 words), worth 50%. Each student will present a personal self-awareness report identifying who they are socially and critically examining how social structures, institutions and social arrangements have influenced who they are.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term