UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SWSP5630 Introduction to Psychosocial Theory

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit examines explanatory (explaining how and why, but not necessarily how to intervene) and practice (specific instruction on how to intervene) theoretical frameworks that assist social work understanding. Social work is a profession that relies on the understanding that theory provides in order to first conceptualise a clinical presentation, formulate appropriate assessments and ultimately intervene in a case. All of these tasks typically rely heavily, although not exclusively, upon theoretical understanding and direction. This unit assists students to appreciate the ways in which a range of explanatory and practice theories, and personal and process knowledge combine to influence professional social work decision making.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of both the normative and pathological phases of human development of individuals and families across the life span and be aware of how these phases influence cognition, mood and behaviour; (2) develop the capacity to identify and articulate the major psychosocial theoretical paradigms taught in the program; (3) develop an understanding of mental illness; (4) develop an ability to understand and apply theoretical explanations of human behaviour to clinical situations; and (5) develop an ability to clearly and confidently communicate their ideas.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) examination—testing students' knowledge of theories examined in class; and (2) students to identify and articulate the conceptual and analytical challenges in applying theory to clinical practice. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Mark Sachmann
Contact hours 30 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/SWSP5630/TS-J-1/2017

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