UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SWSP5406 Policy and Community

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit comprises change strategies used by social workers. The lectures/workshops and group activities utilise previous work covering social policy and community work. It looks at how social workers can work collectively towards effective change by linking individual experiences of their 'clients' to broader public issues of policy development, advocacy and community practice. To work counter-oppressively, social workers need to influence change at the broader level wherever they are working, as well as with individuals at the local level. The unit encourages students to assess situations for developmental possibilities, and design and plan for the implementation of appropriate change strategies.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) apply the principles and processes of counter-oppressive practice to social policy and community development; (2) examine and articulate the role of social workers in social change activities; (3) design appropriate social change and community development strategies for use with current social policy issues; (4) develop an understanding of one's own framework for counter-oppressive practice; and (5) develop and implement collective ways of working towards effective change.
Assessment Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Susan Bailey
Unit rules
Advisable prior study: SWSP5429 Field Education 2: Final Placement; SWSP5306 Indigenous People and Social Work; SWSP5630 Developmental Practice; SWSP5301 Social Work Knowledge, Theory and Values; and SWSP5631 Introduction to Social Work Methods
Contact hours 3 hrs per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/SWSP5406/SEM-2/2017

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