Social Work Practice: Health

Subject SCWK90031 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations: For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (4 x 6 hours seminars)
Total Time Commitment:

96 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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

Alan Gilbert Building
Level 7, 161 Barry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 4171

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Subject Overview:

This subject will provide students with an overview of key issues in health, both locally and internationally. Current Australian health care policies and systems will be identified. The subject will introduce students to the core roles for social workers in the interprofessional context of health care settings. This will lead to an investigation of key practice issues and theoretical considerations for social work practitioners. Throughout the subject, the concept of health will be critically examined using socio-cultural and lifecourse approaches.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject should:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social work role in the health field in Australia;
  • Be able to critically review social, cultural, organisational and ethical contexts of health practice;
  • Demonstrate a beginning knowledge of key social work skills for health practice.
  1. Class presentation (group), mid semester, 10%
  2. Written summary of presentation, 500 words, mid semester, 15%
  3. Written essay, 3500 words, end of semester, 75%
Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be available via the LMS.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who complete this subject should be able to:

  • critically analyse texts and practices;
  • understand recent developments in social work contexts of practice;
  • link theory to practice;
  • competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
  • undertake independent research.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Social Work
Master of Social Work (250)

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