Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


The final year of the social work degree builds on learning from the three previous years of study in the BSW program. This course focuses on advanced theory and practice issues including ethical decision making and interpersonal intervention skills relating to individual, group and community practice.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Have awareness of their own values and how these impact on ethical decision making and interpersonal interactions with others, as well as a capacity to re-evaluate these values with reference to the requirements of professional practice.

2. Demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and open transparent practice that is responsive to feedback from clients, peers, supervisors and teaching staff

3. Demonstrate effective communication in a range of contexts including presenting information clearly and concisely, providing feedback in a clear, balanced and constructive way, and adapting the means and language of communication to meet the needs of a specific situation.

4. Have a critical understanding of the application of the AASW Code of ethics and knowledge of a range of perspectives and theoretical frameworks that influence ethical decision making in practice

5. Apply knowledge from a range of theoretical frameworks, models and approaches to assessment and intervention with clients, paying particular attention to work with people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups

6. Demonstrate effective collaboration with peers and others in the contexts of team work and delivery of direct social work services to clients

7. Demonstrate a capacity to search for and analyse relevant literature in relation to ethical social work practice and specific issues related to direct work with clients


  • Ethics theory and practice, including ethical decision making models
  • Family therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Other practice models, approaches and frameworks used in direct social work practice
  • Ethical decision making and practice responses to a diverse range of client presenting issues including, for example, loss/grief and mental health.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of first, second and third year Social Work courses, SOCA1010, SOCA1020, PYSC1010, PYSC1020, SPSW3070, PHIL3580, LGAL1001 or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written assignment on an ethical dilemma

Presentation: Video assessment of practice skills (video demonstration and paper)

Written Assignment: Written assignment

Written Assignment: Ungraded assessment tasks *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.