Social Work Theory and Practice B

Course code SWRK2200Units 20Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Learning in this course addresses three domains of social work practice: 1. Mental Health, 2. Disability and 3. Violence. Students work through major social work methods of intervention: casework, group work, community work and social action and develop competence in articulating the theoretical bases for assessments and decision-making for practice. Self-awareness, analysis of political contexts and commitment to social justice goals are fundamental themes.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. Develop an understanding of how historical and contemporary conceptions of mental health, disability, sexual assault and domestic violence have shaped individual and social responses.
2. Gain an understanding of the various social work roles and practice settings in the domains of social work practice covered in the course.
3. Demonstrate a commitment to social work values of respect, social justice and human rights.
4. Examine and articulate personal values, assumptions and beliefs in response to practice scenarios and develop strategies to deal with confronting material encountered in the professional context.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and theoretical debates impacting on assessment and intervention in the practice areas covered, including a critical understanding of dominant medical model of practice.
6. Develop a basic understanding of national and state legislation and policy relevant to the areas of social work practice addressed in the course.
7. Develop understanding of the impact of stigma, social exclusion, marginalisation and discrimination and potential social work responses.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the prevalence, nature and impact of violence and trauma on individuals, groups and communities.
9. Develop knowledge and skills in social work assessment models, including risk assessment.
10. Gain more detailed knowledge of a range of social work theories and demonstrate the critical application of theories to analysis and decision making in response to practice scenarios.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of current issues associated with the provision of services to rural and remote communities.
12. Analyse roles and relationships in groups and develop skills in managing group conflict.
13. Make, justify, and articulate informed decisions about potential casework, group work and community work responses to particular practice scenarios.
ContentFields of Social Work Practice:
1. Mental Health
2. Disability
3. Violence
Methods of Social Work Practice:
1. Casework
2. Groupwork
3. Community Work
4. Social Action
Current Social Work theories and application to practice scenarios

Class time is spent in discussion, field visits, small group work, skills practice and group presentations. Students are expected to integrate learning from SWRK2001 with learning in this course as they build knowledge and skill in key methods and fields of social work practice.
Replacing Course(s)SWRK2006 Social Work Theory & Practice 2 (10 units) and SWRK3001 Social Work Theory & Practice 3 (10 units). Both are core courses in BSW.
TransitionAll students who have not completed either SWRK2006 or SWRK3001 will complete the proposed new course SWRK2200. Any students who have completed SWRK2006, but have not yet attempted, or have failed SWRK3001 will need to pass SWRK3001 in order to progress through the program. For this reason, SWRK3001 will need to remain available for a couple of years.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSWRK2001
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Examination: OralOral assessment 40%
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo to three written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, blogs and bibliographies, totalling up to 5,000 words. 60%
Other: (please specify)There are some assessment tasks in this course that are graded satisfactory/ unsatisfactory that are designed to demonstrate achievement of stated learning objectives. Students must successfully complete all of these assessment tasks to pass the course.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). It is placed in semester 2 of the 2nd year of the degree program and is part of a prescribed sequence of courses. SWRK2001 and SWRK2003 must be passed prior to commencing the proposed course SWRK2200, which must be passed prior to commencing the first field practicum course SWRK3300.
Compulsory Program ComponentSWRK2001 and SWRK2003
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SWRK2200