Available in 2018

Course handbook


In this course students examine social work practice with groups and in organisational environments. Students develop knowledge, skills and approaches in groupwork. These are applied to group program development and working in groups or teams in organisational settings. Students also gain knowledge of organisational processes and the management of organisational change. The focus of this course is on the broader organisational environment in which client interventions are informed and occur and explores the application of social work knowledge, skills and approaches beyond client interventions.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe and compare groupwork theories, principles and models, and apply them to groupwork with clients and with colleagues.

2. Critically analyse and explain group events, content, functioning, dynamics and processes.

3. Describe, apply and analyse different approaches within groupwork including assessment, planning, contracting, conflict management, problem solving, and closure.

4. Develop, evaluate and revise a groupwork program package using group and practice literature.

5. Demonstrate group facilitation skills and ability to reflect critically on own role in groups.

6. Describe, analyse and explain elements of the organisational environment and organisational processes using organisational and social work theories.

7. Describe changes to improve practice in an organisation that are linked to an organisational analysis and a change management process.

8. Relate social work theories, methods, skills and client focus areas to practice in the organisational context.

9. Reflect on and critically analyse skills and approaches of self and others and give and receive feedback.

10. Demonstrate writing skills appropriate to audience, purpose and organisational context.


  1. The history and development of social groupwork.
  2. Different types, nature and contexts of groups.
  3. Dynamics and processes in group and organisational contexts.
  4. Conflict resolution, problem solving and change management process models.
  5. Skills for working with groups (assessment, program development, contracting, facilitation, evaluation).
  6. The impact of organisational context on the practice of social work.
  7. Elements of the organisational environment and their influence on organisational practice and processes.
  8. Types of organisational change, responses to change, and change management strategies and processes.
  9. 9. Linking field education and related employment experiences to work in groups and organisations.
  10. The relevance of social work knowledge, skills and approaches to practice in the organisational context.

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.


Students must have successfully completed SWRK3300 and be active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Completed first and second year social work. Completed SWRK3001 and SWRK3003.

Assessment items

Project: Group task

Written Assignment: Group Task and written assignment

Written Assignment: Written assignment 1

Written Assignment: Written assignment 2

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration - Declaration that student is not a prohibited person in terms of the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998.

Contact hours



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

Student Projects for 5 weeks, Workshop for 8 weeks