Fields of Social Work Practice B

Subject SCWK30001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

March, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty hours of seminars between 22 February and 10 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


Admission into the Bachelor of Social Work course.
A pass in the following subject prior to enrolment:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


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 think their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Social Work
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 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
  1. A written assignment of 4000 words (100%) - due at the end of semester.
  2. 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:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • critically analyse texts and practices;
  • understand social, cultural, organisational and ethical contexts of practice;
  • link theory to practice;
  • undertake independent research.
Links to further information:

Formerly available as 196-405. Students who have completed 196-405 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.

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