Social Work Honours Project

Course code SWRK4009Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Each student undertakes independent research into a specialised area of social work policy practice and develops a body of work that incorporates a social work theory, practice, ethics, research and policy analysis. Course content includes:
1. Historical, social, cultural and political influences on social policies, policy practice and social services, and contemporary policy initiatives.
2. Social policy development processes, including analysing and debating social policy.
3. Links between economics, law, politics and social policy.
4. Ways in which policy and services address equality, social justice and human rights, including activism
5. How social work skills, practice, research and intervention methods are applied to policy practice.
6. How to present written, oral and multi-media information to a target audience (including government submission, video, conference abstract, conference presentation, conference paper).

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
ObjectivesStudents attend and participate in theory and practice workshops and will be supported by a staff mentor to develop and progress their chosen topic and associated body of work. In order to successfully complete the course students need to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of the historical, social and political impacts on contemporary social policy, theories that inform policy practice, and the policy making process
2. An understanding of the role of social workers in the policy process and social work skills related to policy practice
3. The ability to discuss and analyse the interaction between social policy, ethics and research from different perspectives including human rights.
4. An advanced and coherent theoretical and research knowledge of one issue or social problem pertinent to social work practice
5. The use of knowledge, theory, ethics, research evidence and media resources to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to propose solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence and rigour
6. An advanced understanding of the relationship between research and practice, and the ability to draw on research to inform and challenge policy practice in the interests of empowerment, advocacy and change
7. The technical skills to plan, develop and execute project work and scholarship with some independence, and the judicial use of a supervisory/mentoring relationship
8. The skills to prepare a body of work, including written and visual materials for commenting on, informing, and changing or promoting policy and or social change
9. Advanced capacity to use written, oral and technological skills to communicate knowledge, competence and critical analysis in a field of practice which is appropriate to the audience
10. The capacity to engage in political processes using a range of information, awareness, engagement, networking and consultative initiatives.
ContentEach student undertakes independent research into a specialised area of social work policy practice and develops a body of work that incorporates a social work theory, practice, ethics, research and policy analysis. Course content includes:
1. Historical, social, cultural and political influences on social policies, policy practice and social services, and contemporary policy initiatives.
2. Social policy development processes, including analysing and debating social policy.
3. Links between economics, law, politics and social policy.
4. Ways in which policy and services address equality, social justice and human rights, including activism
5. How social work skills, practice, research and intervention methods are applied to policy practice.
6. How to present written, oral and multi-media information to a target audience (including government submission, video, conference abstract, conference presentation, conference paper).
Replacing Course(s)SWRK4005
SWRK4002
TransitionSWRK4009 is the amalgamation of two courses (SWRK4005 and SWRK4002), which are run across S1 and S2 in the 4th year of the degree. Students who enrolled under the BSW structure but remain in the degree due to delays in their progression, can either enrol in SWRK4009 and graduate with a BSW(Honours) degree (if they have not completed SWRK4005 and SWRK4002), or enrol in SWRK4002 (if they have already completed SWRK4005) and graduate under the BSW structure.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSWRK3300
SWRK3007
SWRK3002
SWRK3005
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsExperience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Workshop
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsGovernment Submission - 3,500 words - 30%
Conference Abstract - 250 words - 5%
Conference Paper - 5000 words - 30%
Other: (please specify)Conference Presentation - 20 minutes - 20%

Video - 2/3 minutes - 15%
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SWRK4009