Social Work Practice with Groups

Subject 196-211 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - 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 from 24 July to 9 October
Total Time Commitment: Students are expected to devote approximately 7 hours per week to this subject.(30 contact hours, 20 hours class preparation and reading, 20 hours assessment related tasks. Total time commitment = 70 hours)
Prerequisites: Admission into 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 Fiona McDermott
Subject Overview:

In this subject students should become aware of the range of uses of group work in social work practice and deepen their understanding of the processes that operate in small groups. Students will be given the opportunity to apply and practise their understanding in group situations.

Assessment: Written work totalling 4000 words which will include a record of observations of a small group 35%, a brief paper 30%, and a session plan 35% (all due at end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader may be available.Inside Group Work: A Guide to Reflective Practice (F McDermott), Allen & Unwin 2002
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, cultural, organisational and ethical contexts of practice;
  • be able to link theory to practice;
  • be able to communicate in speech and writing in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
  • be able to undertake independent research.

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Formerly available as 196-412. Students who have completed 196-412 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. The subject dates and HECS/course fee census date for this subject change each year. Check your enrolment record for the correct census date for 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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