The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

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 with a focus on interpersonal intervention skills relating to individual, group and community practice.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SWRK4001. Students who have successfully completed SWRK4001 are not eligible to enrol in SWRK4300.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Formulate an advanced awareness of their own values and how these impact interpersonal interactions with others, as well as a capacity to re-evaluate these values with reference to the requirements of professional practice.

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

3. Develop a high level of 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. Generate a critical understanding of the application of the AASW Code of ethics and knowledge of a range of perspectives and theoretical frameworks that influence professional practice

5. Apply advanced 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. Adapt an effective collaboration with peers and others in the contexts of team work and delivery of direct social work services to clients


  • Brief Intervention Models
  • Skills in working with people with mental health issues
  • Skills in working with grief and loss issues
  • Family Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Other practice models, approaches and frameworks used in direct social work practice


Students must have successfully completed SWRK3002 and SWRK4009 or be concurrently enrolled in SWRK4009 and be active in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (12317) to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

SWRK3002, SWRK3005 and SWRK3300

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written assignment 20%

Written Assignment: Written assignment 30%

Practical Demonstration: Skills assessment 50%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

1hr large group lecture + 2hr small workshop


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks