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WS3515 - Social Work and Welfare Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Available to BSW students only or by permission of Course Coordinator.

This subject will focus on the various contexts and discourses that influence social welfare practice and introduce students to structural analyses such as feminist, socialist and anti -racist frameworks. Students will be encouraged to consider the challenges that confront practice informed by such frameworks and develop skills and competencies in core social welfare processes such as assessment, intervention, evaluation, brokerage, mediation and advocacy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this subject, students will: understand the various frameworks/ discourses that influence the Australian welfare sector and the impact, tensions and demands created by these frameworks for social welfare service users and workers;
  • demonstrate an understanding of structural frameworks for practice;
  • demonstrate an ability to undertake and engage in the core processes of social welfare practice;
  • consider strategies to assist in the development of personal resilience in a changing and challenging work context.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Case report 1 - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (50%) - Individual.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: WS1006 and WS1005 and WS2510 and WS2511 and WS2513
WS3512 WS3516


Study Period 3, External
Census Date 03-Feb-2022
Coord/Lect: Dr Ines Zuchowski.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 13 hours - Online Activities
  • 13 hours online content
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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.