Social Work Theory & Practice C

Course code SWRK3002Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

In this course students examine social work practice with groups and in organisational environments. Students develop knowledge, skills and approaches in groupwork. These are applied to group program development and working in groups or teams in organisational settings. Students also gain knowledge of organisational processes and the management of organisational change. The focus of this course is on the broader organisational environment in which client interventions are informed and occur and explores the application of social work knowledge, skills and approaches beyond client interventions.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the completion of the course students should be able to:
1. Describe and compare groupwork theories, principles and models, and apply them to groupwork with clients and with colleagues.
2. Critically analyse and explain group events, content, functioning, dynamics and processes.
3. Describe, apply and analyse different approaches within groupwork including assessment, planning, contracting, conflict management, problem solving, and closure.
4. Develop, evaluate and revise a groupwork program package using group and practice literature.
5. Demonstrate group facilitation skills and ability to reflect critically on own role in groups.
6. Describe, analyse and explain elements of the organisational environment and organisational processes using organisational and social work theories.
7. Describe changes to improve practice in an organisation that are linked to an organisational analysis and a change management process.
8. Relate social work theories, methods, skills and client focus areas to practice in the organisational context.
9. Reflect on and critically analyse skills and approaches of self and others and give and receive feedback.
10. Demonstrate writing skills appropriate to audience, purpose and organisational context.
Content1. The history and development of social groupwork.
2. Different types, nature and contexts of groups.
3. Dynamics and processes in group and organisational contexts.
4. Conflict resolution, problem solving and change management process models.
5. Skills for working with groups (assessment, program development, contracting, facilitation, evaluation).
6. The impact of organisational context on the practice of social work.
7. Elements of the organisational environment and their influence on organisational practice and processes.
8. Types of organisational change, responses to change, and change management strategies and processes.
9. Linking field education and related employment experiences to work in groups and organisations.
10. The relevance of social work knowledge, skills and approaches to practice in the organisational context.
Replacing Course(s)SWRK3100B - Social Work Theory and Practice B.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompleted first and second year social work.
Completed SWRK3001 and SWRK3003.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsExperience Based Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo to three written assignments totalling up to 8,000 words and 80%, e.g.:
Journal entries or blogs 1,500 (sat/unsat)
Major essay 3,500 (40%)
Project documents 3,000 (40%)
Other: (please specify)Oral assessment 20%
ProjectsProject/Group Task - There are ungraded group assessment tasks in this course. There are individual graded components within these projects (as above). Time is allocated for student projects. Students must complete these assessment tasks to pass the course. Written requirements noted above.
Contact HoursStudent Projects: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Workshop: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work and associated combined degree programs.
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentSWRK2001, SWRK2002, SWRK2003, SWRK2005, SWRK3001, SWRK3003
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SWRK3002