Introduction to Social Work 1

Course code SWRK1001Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Central themes across the course are social justice, equality and social work in Australian society. Historical and contemporary debates are examined focusing on the way in which social equality and inequality are constructed via race, gender, income, age and sexuality.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of the course students will have developed and be able to demonstrate:
1. An initial understanding of core social work values of justice and equality as they impact on specific demographic and identity groups in Australian society.
2. Knowledge of historical and contemporary debates and discussions in Australia regarding social justice and equality.
3. Knowledge of the major social policy developments in Australia to date in relation to race, gender, income, young people, older people, and people of diverse sexual identities.
4. Knowledge of how own expression, responses to people, situations and ideas impact on others and shape their practice as social workers.
5. Skills in effective listening, giving and receiving feedback and presenting information to an audience. Students demonstrate these through class participation and group work and the oral assessment.
6. A capacity to work independently and as part of a group.
7. Basic skills in group work through the completion of a range of group activities and reflections upon the group processes and dynamics over the year.
8. Research skills including capacity to search for and find relevant information from policy, academic and other literature, research and demographic data, analyse information and outline the implications in a clear and logical argument and identify the assumptions and ideological values in a range of literature.
Content1. Inequality in society.
2. Current inequalities in Australian society eg. race, gender, economic.
3. Social work responses to inequality.
4. Group dynamics and group theory.
5. Professional ethics and professional practice.
Replacing Course(s)SWRK1010A - Introduction to Social Work (Part A)
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed SWRK1010A are not eligible to enrol in SWRK1001.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo to three written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, blogs and bibliographies, totalling 4000 words. 100%

As each assessment task addresses different learning objectives in the course, all individual assessment items must be submitted/attempted to successfully pass this course.
Presentations - GroupProjects/Group tasks - There are group assessment tasks in this course that are designed to demonstrate satisfactory achievement of stated learning objectives. Students must successfully complete these assessment tasks to pass the course. These tasks are graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Students have the opportunity to resubmit tasks graded initially as unsatisfactory.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Workshop: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work and associated combined degree programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SWRK1001