Social Work Honours Project

Description

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 multimedia information to a target audience (including government submission, video, conference abstract, conference presentation, conference paper).

Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the historical, social and political impacts on contemporary social policy, theories that inform policy practice, and the policy making process

2. Demonstrate understanding of the role of social workers in the policy process and social work skills related to policy practice

3. Demonstrate ability to discuss and analyse the interaction between social policy, ethics and research from different perspectives including human rights.

4. Demonstrate an advanced and coherent theoretical and research knowledge of one issue or social problem pertinent to social work practice

5. Demonstrate knowledge of 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. Demonstrate 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. Demonstrate technical skills to plan, develop and execute project work and scholarship with some independence, and the judicial use of a supervisory/mentoring relationship

8. Demonstrate 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. Demonstrate an 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. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to engage in political processes using a range of information, awareness, engagement, networking and consultative initiatives.

Content

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).

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Requisite

This course is only available to students who have successfully completed SWRK4500 and be active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Program.

Assumed Knowledge

SWRK3300, SWRK3007, SWRK3002, SWRK3005

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Government submission

Project: Group project

Presentation: Research presentation

Presentation: Conference presentation

Written Assignment: Journal article

Contact Hours

Callaghan

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks