SWSP5632 Organisational Practice and Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
The major goal of this unit is to introduce students to sets of ideas and concepts that will assist them to understand the agency context in which they practice and to work effectively as professional workers in organisations. The unit is also designed to explore the common environment in which the social worker and the lawyer operate. It is expected to give social work students an overview of the sources of law, the fundamentals of its operational systems, and how the operation of the law limits and constrains what can be done by both social workers and lawyers.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand and articulate for practice the theoretical, philosophical and contextual influences on social work and legal practice in human services organisations; (2) identify appropriate roles for themselves as practitioners in multidisciplinary settings, including management, supervision and leadership in human services organisations; (3) critically evaluate the boundaries between social work and legal practice; and (4) develop the ability to apply these understandings and skills to human services organisational settings.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) short research essay 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
6 hours per week for 6 weeks
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