Social Work Practice with Communities

Subject SCWK20005 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, 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: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour seminar per week, for 10 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

Students are expected to devote approximately 8 hours per week to this subject:
30 contact hours, 25 hours class preparation and reading, 25 hours assessment related tasks


Admission into the Bachelor of Social Work course.

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 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 will encourage a critical approach to social work practice with communities as a means of building social infrastructure and services to meet the needs of individuals and families. The subject has a specific focus on the use of community practice to address poverty. Students will increase their understanding of community practice and develop community work skills through planning and participating in community action, as well as exploring innovative methods and sites of community work.


To be advised

  1. Two written essays of 2000 words each, (50% each) - due midway and 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

Community Practice in Australia (W Weeks L Hoatson & J Dixon), Pearson Educational Australia 2003

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;
  • communicate in speech and writing in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
  • undertake independent research.
Links to further information:

Formerly available as 196-410. Students who have completed 196-410 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

(This subject is being taught out, it is only available to BSW students).

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