Fields of Social Work Practice A

Subject 196-010 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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: Thirty hours of seminars between 23 February and 11 May
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


196-200 Social Work Theory & Practice 1.

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 Fu Keung Daniel Wong


School of Nursing and Social Work
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry St
Carlton Victoria 3053 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9400
F: +61 3 9347 4375

Subject Overview:

This subject consists of a number of options that focus on social work practice with different populations and settings, such as children and families; ageing, mental health; women; indigenous studies; health; psychiatric disability; local government; intellectual disability; alcohol and drugs; and immigration. The subject is intended to enable students to increase their understanding of the policy and practice context of multi-method social work in a major field of practice.


At the completion of this subject students will have developed:

  • A good beginning grounding in some of the key demographic impacts of population ageing at an individual and social level
  • Have increased their understanding of policy and program responses to an ageing population nationally and internationally
  • Be clear on the social work role in intervention with the aged at primary, secondary and tertiary level across a range of settings
  • Have carried out an independent analysis of social work practice in one such setting

A written assignment of 4000 words (due at the end of semester). A hurdle requirement of a minimum 80% attendance of seminars required.

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, policy documents and practices;
  • be able to understand social, cultural, organisational and ethical contexts of practice;
  • be able to link theory to practice;
  • be able to undertake independent research.
Links to further information:

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.

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