SWSP5404 Social Work in Health and Human Services Contexts Part 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Parts 1 and 2 must be completed in the same semester to fulfil the requirements of the unit. The unit has an emphasis on consolidating learning from previous units in order for students to enter professional practice with relevant knowledge, skills and future professional development plans. The unit includes an analysis of knowledge and practice approaches that are commonly required for working in health and human service settings, such as poverty; homelessness; health and disability; substance misuse; gendered violence; sexual abuse; trauma in the CaLD community; crime and offending; out of home care; care giving; and grief, loss and palliative care. Knowledge of intersectionality, the impact of inequalities on individuals and groups, partnership working, leadership, and working across disciplines is incorporated into the knowledge and practice learning. Students are required to pass both essays (30 per cent and 40 per cent) to pass this unit.
Students are able to (1) research and describe the key issues which are commonly experienced by people who have regular contact with health and human services organisations; (2) describe key social and demographic trends in Australia which impact on contemporary health and human services; and (3) critically examine current service provision and professional practices in at least two fields of social work practice (e.g. substance misuse, violence and abuse, disability).
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) essay on research-informed practice; (2) professional framework group presentation; and (3) critical reflection essay integrating studies with social work practice. Students must pass both essay assessments to pass this unit. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Susan Crock
Unit rules
SWSP5429 Field Education 2: Final Placement (formerly SWSP8429 Field Education 2: Final Placement)
SWSP4429 Field Education II
students must enrol in both units SWSP5404 Social Work in Health and Human Services Contexts Part 1
SWSP5405 Work in Health and Human Services Contexts Part 2 in the same semester
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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