UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SWSP5301 Social Work Knowledges, Theory and Values

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit begins with a consideration of critical thinking and critical social work perspectives that are central to the practice of social work. There is an emphasis on how students' own values and perspectives influence and inform the way they make sense of social issues and social problems. This exploration is continued into the social policy arena where responses to social issues are influenced by particular understandings of social theory. The unit then focuses on four 'grand' theoretical perspectives and applies social work explanatory theories, theories of intervention, and models/strategies for practice to a contemporary social issue.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) articulate and apply a critical social work approach; (2) demonstrate a beginning research literacy; (3) identify and critically analyse the values which underpin various social work and social policy knowledges and theories; (4) articulate and apply a range of explanatory theories for social work and social policy contexts; (5) demonstrate an understanding of the theories which underpin change processes and change strategies; and (6) identify and apply a range of practice models and strategies.
Assessment Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Mark Sachmann
Contact hours 3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/SWSP5301/SEM-1/2017

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