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WS1006 - Foundations of Social Work

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Mixed attendance mode is for external students only and requires on-campus attendance for the 3-day workshop.

This subject introduces students to the foundations of social work and explores the importance of 'the self' as a tool of practice. Professional helping is distinguished from natural helping and the historical and philosophical origins of social work, ethical and value orientations, processes, and the knowledge base that underpin social work practice examined. Critical reflection is introduced as a method to consider 'the self' in practice, and opportunities are provided to explore and demonstrate the ways social workers use professional knowledge to inform their work.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify key features of the foundations of social work practice;
  • demonstrate knowledge of professional helping and the use of self as appropriate to social work;
  • explain the concept of the self and critically reflect on its place in Social Work practice;
  • describe the processes of social work engagement, including theoretical lenses and steps required to facilitate change when working with individuals, groups and/or communities.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (30%) - Individual.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
WS1002 WS1004 WS3516

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Jo Mensinga.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours workshops - 12 weeks x 2 hours
  • 13 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Jo Mensinga
Lecturer: Dr Sue Moore.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours workshops - 12 weeks x 2 hours
  • 13 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Face to face teaching 14-Apr-2023 to 16-Apr-2023
Coordinator: Dr Jo Mensinga
Lecturer: Dr Sue Moore.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 21 hours workshops - 7hr x 3 days
  • 13 hours online activity
  • 3 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.