Social Work Theory & Practice D

Course code SWRK4001Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The final year of the social work degree builds on learning from the three previous years of study in the BSW program. This course focuses on advanced theory and practice issues including ethical decision making and interpersonal intervention skills relating to individual, group and community practice.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesBy the end of the course students will:
1. Have awareness of their own values and how these impact on ethical decision making and interpersonal interactions with others, as well as a capacity to re-evaluate these values with reference to the requirements of professional practice.

2. Demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and open transparent practice that is responsive to feedback from clients, peers, supervisors and teaching staff

3. Demonstrate effective communication in a range of contexts including presenting information clearly and concisely, providing feedback in a clear, balanced and constructive way, and adapting the means and language of communication to meet the needs of a specific situation.

4. Have a critical understanding of the application of the AASW Code of ethics and knowledge of a range of perspectives and theoretical frameworks that influence ethical decision making in practice

5. Apply knowledge from a range of theoretical frameworks, models and approaches to assessment and intervention with clients, paying particular attention to work with people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups

6. Demonstrate effective collaboration with peers and others in the contexts of team work and delivery of direct social work services to clients

7. Demonstrate a capacity to search for and analyse relevant literature in relation to ethical social work practice and specific issues related to direct work with clients
Content* Ethics theory and practice, including ethical decision making models
* Family therapy
* Narrative therapy
* Other practice models, approaches and frameworks used in direct social work practice
* Ethical decision making and practice responses to a diverse range of client presenting issues including, for example, loss/grief and mental health.
Replacing Course(s)SWRK4100A - Social Work Theory and Practice III - Part A
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed SWRK4100A are not eligible to enrol in SWRK4001.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSuccessful completion of first, second and third year Social Work courses, SOCA1010, SOCA1020, PYSC1010, PYSC1020, SPSW3070, PHIL3580, LGAL1001 or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsExperience Based Learning
Assessment Items
Presentations - IndividualWritten assignment on an ethical dilemma 40% (2,500 words)
Video assessment of practice skills 40% -(video demonstration and 2,500 word paper)
Written assignment 20% (1,500 words)
ProjectsThere are ungraded assessment tasks in this course (satisfactory/unsatisfactory). Students must successfully complete these assessment tasks to pass the course. If an unsatisfactory result is given on an ungraded assessment task a new task will be set to provide an opportunity for the student to attain a satisfactory result.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 3 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 and associated combined degree programs.