The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

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 within organisations.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply different approaches within groupwork in class, including assessment, planning, contracting, conflict management, problem solving, and closure.

2. Demonstrate group participation and facilitation skills and reflect critically on own role and that of others in groups.

3. Analyse and explain elements of the organisational environment, organisational processes and dynamics using organisational and social work theories.

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

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


Content

  • Theories, approaches, dynamics and processes in group and organisational contexts.
  • Problem solving and change management process models.
  • Skills for working with groups (assessment, program development, contracting, facilitation, evaluation).
  • The impact of organisational context on the practice of social work.
  • Elements of the organisational environment and their influence on organisational practice and processes.
  • Linking field education and related employment experiences to work in groups and organisations.

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.


Requisites

To enrol in this course students must be active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (12317), must have successfully completed or be enrolled in SWRK3300, and have successfully completed or be enrolled in SWRK3007.

To enrol in this course students must be active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (12317), must have successfully completed SWRK3300, and have successfully completed or enrolled in SWRK3007.


Assumed knowledge

Completed first and second year social work.


Assessment items

Project: Group task (40%)

Presentation: Group Task and written assignment (20%)

Written Assignment: Written assignment 1 (formative)

Written Assignment: Written assignment 2 (40%)


Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 80% attendance of workshops
  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 80% attendance of workshops
  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 80% attendance of workshops

Pre-Placement Requirements:

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

Contact hours

Ourimbah

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Newcastle City Precinct

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks