6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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This unit offers an overview of the history and contemporary context of social work practice within a framework of understanding the connection between social issues, policy development and strategies for sustainable change at both local and global levels. The unit is underpinned by notions of social justice and human rights and offers a preview of topics that will be studied in greater depth in subsequent units within the course.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Describe the nature of social work in a range of contexts and settings as well as describe contemporary debates about the nature of social work.
- Critically analyse the ethical value base of social work with particular reference to human rights and the promotion of social justice.
- Critically analyse key global social policy issues including, but not limited to, mass movement of people, climate change, reconstruction, and poverty.
- Critically review and analyse contemporary trends in the delivery of social work services.
- Articulate the nature of social change and the strategies to achieve this.
- Scenario based exam (2 hours) (30%)
- Fields of Practice Poster Presentation and individual short reflective report (30%)
- Annotated Bibliography - Specialist Practice Fields (40%)
Weekly - 12 weeks teaching semester
12 hours each week
- 4 hours per week face to face or equivalent (2 hours of lectures, 2 hours of workshops)
- 8 hours self-directed learning in the forms of reading, assignment preparation and online contemplation topics.
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Completion of 48 Points at tertiary level. Social Work units are available only within the context of the Bachelor of Social Work degree, or with permission.