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 Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

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).

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SWRK4005. Students who have successfully completed SWRK4005 are not eligible to enrol in SWRK4009.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.

Assumed Knowledge

SWRK3300, SWRK3007, SWRK3002, SWRK3005

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written assignment

Project: Video

Written Assignment: Written assignment

Presentation: Oral presentation

Written Assignment: Written assignment

Contact Hours

Workshop

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