SWSP5631 Introduction to Social Work Methods

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit presents social methods using an integrated approach to practice in diverse arenas by applying knowledge and skills appropriate to interpersonal, group and community settings along with their application in both general and particular contexts of practice. Students become familiar with the purposeful use of self, working systemically and thinking critically.
Students are able to (1) identify and describe the range of knowledge and skills informing different methods used in generic social work; (2) demonstrate competence in assessment processes for appropriate application of these skills and knowledge; (3) apply the relevant skills and knowledges appropriately in different contexts; and (4) integrate the skills and knowledges used in personal, cultural and environmental settings.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) interpersonal Skills; (2) group Practice; and (3) community Practice. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the interpersonal Skills, group Practice, and community Practice components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Judy Esmond
Contact hours
6 hours per week for 12 weeks: lectures and self-directed learning involving individual study
Unit Outline
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