Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course develops understandings of social justice as it relates to social work practice. Historical and contemporary debates regarding inequality are examined, focussing on the ways inequality is constructed and experienced through income, race and gender. Critical thinking skills are also developed as students consider their lived experience in relation to social work professional values and ethics



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe and apply a foundational understanding of core social work values outlined in the AASW Code of Ethics.

2. Analyse and discuss inequality as it relates to specific demographic and identity groups in Australian society.

3. Convey critical analysis in written form.

4. Identify how their values, ethics and lived experience shape professional practice.

5. Identify and display skills in working effectively in groups.

6. Develop and apply foundational research skills.


Topics will include:

  • Inequality in society
  • Current inequalities in Australian society (e.g. Income, race, gender)
  • Social work responses to inequality
  • Group dynamics and group theory
  • Professional ethics and professional practice


Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed SWRK1001. Students must be active in Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) [12317].

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Literature Critical Analysis 40%

Written Assignment: Policy Discussion Paper 40%

Presentation: Group Presentation 10%

Journal: Professional and Personal Learning Journal 10%

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Week 8


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

Weeks 1 and 2


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

Weeks 1 and 2


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks

Weeks 3-7 and 9-12

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.