Available in 2021
Course code

SWRK2001

Units

20 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course emphasises the linkage between theory and two domains of social work practice:

1. Working with people with addiction, comorbid substance use and mental health conditions and

2. Care and protection of children.

Two social work methods (community work and casework) are introduced in an ehealth context. An enhanced understanding of group dynamics and skills in working effectively in interprofessional teams are pivotal to the course. The course also focuses on the development of critical thinking skills as the social work practice areas are examined.


Availability2021 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse historical and contemporary conceptions of, and approaches to, working with people with addiction, comorbid substance use and mental health conditions and the care and protection of children.

2. Identify the various social work roles in working with people with an addiction, comorbid substance use and mental health conditions and the care and protection of children, and how these roles relate to those of other professions.

3. Examine and articulate personal values, assumptions and beliefs in response to practice scenarios, interprofessional practice and course content.

4. Assess and apply national and state legislation relevant to the areas of working with people with an addiction, comorbid substance use and mental health conditions and the care and protection of children.

5. Display social work skills in community work, case work, and working collaboratively in interprofessional teams in the context of eHealth.

6. Critique and apply a range of theories relevant to working with people with an addiction, comorbid substance use and mental health conditions and the care and protection of children.


Content

The course objectives are achieved by examining two domains of social work practice:

1. Working with people with addiction and comorbid substance use and mental health conditions

2. Care and protection of children.

These practice areas are linked to relevant social work theories. Intervention methods of casework and community work in the context of eHealth and interprofessional practice are used as lenses through which these practice areas are explored. Research and critical thinking are key skills used and developed through the course. Group dynamics and styles are also examined.


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

To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed SWRK1010 and SWRK1020, or SWRK1001 and SWRK1002, or SWRK1001 and SWRK1020.

To enrol in this course students must be active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) [12317] program.


Assumed knowledge

SOCA1010, SOCA1020, PSYC1010, PSYC1020 and SWRK1001 and SWRK1002. Concurrent completion of SWRK2003 Exceptions may apply for part-time students.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Case notes (5% each in weeks 6, 7, 8 & 9) (20%)

Written Assignment: Reflections (2% each in weeks 2-11) (20%)

Presentation: Presentation (20%)

Report: Report (40%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Weeks 1-12

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Weeks 1-12

Workshop

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

Weeks 1-4

Ourimbah

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Weeks 1-12

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Weeks 1-12

Workshop

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

Weeks 1-4

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