Available in 2018

Course handbook


Learning in this course addresses three domains of social work practice:

1. Mental Health

2. Disability

3. Grief and Loss

Students work through major social work methods of intervention: casework, group work, community work and social action; and develop competence in articulating the theoretical bases for assessments and decision-making for practice. Self-awareness, analysis of political contexts and commitment to social justice goals are fundamental themes.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop an understanding of how historical and contemporary conceptions of mental health, disability, and grief and loss have shaped individual and social responses.

2. Gain an understanding of the various social work roles and practice settings in the domains of social work practice covered in the course.

3. Demonstrate a commitment to social work values of respect, social justice and human rights.

4. Examine and articulate personal values, assumptions and beliefs in response to practice scenarios and develop strategies to deal with confronting material encountered in the professional context.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and theoretical debates impacting on assessment and intervention in the practice areas covered, including a critical understanding of dominant medical model of practice.

6. Develop a basic understanding of national and state legislation and policy relevant to the areas of social work practice addressed in the course.

7. Develop understanding of the impact of stigma, social exclusion, marginalisation and discrimination and potential social work responses.

8. Develop knowledge and skills in social work assessment models, including risk assessment.

9. Gain more detailed knowledge of a range of social work theories and demonstrate the critical application of theories to analysis and decision making in response to practice scenarios.

10. Demonstrate an understanding of current issues associated with the provision of services to rural and remote communities.

11. Analyse roles and relationships in groups and develop skills in managing group conflict.

12. Make, justify, and articulate informed decisions about potential casework, group work and community work responses to particular practice scenarios.


Domains of Social Work Practice:

        1. Mental Health

        2. Disability

        3. Grief and Loss

Methods of Social Work Practice:

  1. Casework
  2. Groupwork
  3. Community Work
  4. Social Action

Current Social Work theories and application to practice scenarios

Class time is spent in discussion, field visits, small group work, skills practice and group presentations. Students are expected to integrate learning from SWRK2001 with learning in this course as they build knowledge and skill in key methods and fields of social work practice.

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.


This course is only available to students who have successfully completed SWRK2001 and SWRK2003 and are active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (12317) program.

Assessment items

Viva Voce: Oral Assessment

Written Assignment: Written assignment 1

Written Assignment: Written assignment 2

Presentation: Group Task

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term