Studying online

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Unit Overview


Social Work is a profession with an established values and ethics base which has been developed to guide practitioners and also to protect service users. The values and ethics underpin all elements of social work practice and learning and include the necessary accountabilities expected of practitioners. This unit will allow students to explore and reflect on their own values, interpersonal skills as well as beginning to integrate social work values into their own emerging social work identity. Aspects of social work supervision will also be explored. Students will learn about the importance of reflective practice, effective communication and the responsibilities of professional social workers in a range of organisational contexts. Students will commence a reflective journal which they will continue throughout their 4 years of study in the BSW and will feed into the development of a practice framework to be presented in the intensive unit at the end of the final year.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Social Work major sequence

Students are able to (1) critically analyse the core values of the AASW Code of Ethics in relation to emerging social work practice; (2) demonstrate an ability to reflect on self in relation to the Ethical Principles outlined in the AASW Code of Ethics.; (3) identify an ethical dilemma and formulate ethical decision making practice.; (4) articulate how professional integrity is demonstrated in the workplace; and (5) understand professionalism in a social work academic and practice role.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessment; (2) oral presentation; (3) blogs; and (4) professional behaviour assessment. 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 professional behaviour assessment component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephan Lund
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.