SWSP5301 Social Work Knowledge, Theory and Values

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The primary focus of Social Work Knowledge, Theory and Values is to introduce social work students to the various dimensions, processes and debates involved in social work practice. Issues such as how to integrate and synthesise; content knowledge, legislative requirements, professional ethics, personal values and the working relationship are examined.
Students are able to (1) have a beginning understanding of the role of professional associations and the code of ethics that will guide their practice; (2) be familiar with, and engage in, informed debate about the value base and common assumptions that underpin the profession; (3) have a beginning understanding of some of the complex debate about methods, means and models that surround the profession; (4) identify the complex, and sometimes apparently contradictory, value base of social work and other human services and to start to articulate this within the context of their own value base and ideology; and (5) identify and articulate how the role of a social worker may fit within the broader framework of human service delivery.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) short essay paper and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Alana Thompson
Contact hours
3 hours per week
Unit Outline
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.