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WS5517 - Foundations for Social Work Practice

Credit points: 6
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject introduces students to the key professional underpinnings, skills, processes and ethical concerns relevant to social work practice. It emphasizes the role of social justice in Australian social work and explores how it underpins and informs social work practices. Learning will include working respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the context of social work. During the subject students will explore their own values and ethics; consider the use of the AASW professional Code of Ethics as a tool for unravelling ethical dilemmas; and, review skills and frameworks that can be used when interacting with people in the context of social work and explore their own career preferences, goals and employability skills. Students will be required to demonstrate empathic, respectful, interpersonal skills in one-on-one interactions and in designated learning groups as well as identify, reflect upon and critique their use of those skills in relation to their own developing practice framework and the employment market.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically appraise the history and context of social work practice in Australia with a focus on its impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • work independently and/or in teams to creatively, collaboratively and effectively use audio-visual and online technologies to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills;
  • evaluate and apply the skills, values and ethics relevant to social work practice and employability in the human services industry;
  • demonstrate professional listening and reflective communication skills and use these skills in transforming structures, processes, practices and inequities;
  • critique and apply core theoretical frameworks to engage with and enable individuals to achieve individual social and environmental justice;
  • formulate and demonstrate a high level of self-insight into career motivators, goals, development needs and accountability for own learning and professional development.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) -

Special Assessment Requirements

On campus workshop attendance is a requirement of this subject.

Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
WS3516 WS5516

Availabilities

Townsville, Mixed attendance, Study Period 1
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Face to face teaching 12-Mar-2020 to 21-Apr-2020 (On-campus workshops: 9 days 12th-15th March 2020 and 17th-21st April 2020)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 72 hours workshops - on-campus workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Mixed attendance, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Face to face teaching 13-Aug-2020 to 30-Sep-2020 (On-campus workshops: 9 days 13th-16th Aug 2020 and 26th-30th Sept 2020)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 72 hours workshops - on-campus workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Mixed attendance, Study Period 1
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Face to face teaching 12-Mar-2020 to 21-Apr-2020 (On-campus workshops: 9 days 12th-15th March 2020 and 17th-21st April 2020)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 72 hours workshops - on-campus workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Mixed attendance, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Face to face teaching 13-Aug-2020 to 30-Sep-2020 (On-campus workshops in Townsville: 9 days 13th-16th Aug 2020 and 26th-30th Sept 2020)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 72 hours workshops - on-campus 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.