Social Work Theory & Practice

Subject 196-200 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Students are expected to devote approximately 8 hours per week to this subject. (36 contact hours, 30 hours class preparation and reading, 30 hours assessment related tasks)
Prerequisites: Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Lynda Campbell
Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the professional practice of social work in a variety of settings and aims to prepare them for beginning practice in the first supervised professional practicum. Core processes of social work practice (engagement, assessment, planning and action) will be examined in relation to practice at different systems levels (individual, family, group and community). The subject draws heavily upon students' learning both prior to and during the BSW course in that it asks students to bring that learning to bear on choices relating to the practice of social work.

Assessment: A written report totalling 2000 words 40% (due mid-semester) and a written report of 2000 words 60% (due at the end of semester). Attendance at a minimum of 75% of seminars is a hurdle requirement for this subject.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to critically analyse texts and practices;
  • be able to understand social, organisational, cultural and ethical contexts of practice;
  • be able to link theory to practice;
  • be able to competently communicate in writing and speech in ways appropriate to both academic and practice environments;
  • be able to undertake independent research.
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Formerly available as 196-005. Students who have completed 196-005 are not permitted to enrol in this subject.

The disciplines of Nursing and Social Work are now co-managed within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. At the time of publication Social Work subjects are under the administrative management of the School of Nursing.

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