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Unit Overview


"The worldwide recession, globalization of economic systems, heightened inequality within and between nations, extensive migratory movements, increased pandemics, climate change, natural catastrophes and new forms of conflict, compel social work practitioners, educators and social development professionals to find new ways of responding to new realities (International Federation of Social Workers, 2004; Jones et al,. 2004). This Unit introduces students to the complexities of working within an ever changing global context. In exploring the contemporary challenges faced in addressing inequality and developing sustainable solutions, a focus will be on the role of social workers as collaborators and change agents. Students will be equipped with the practical and analytical skills to engage critically with the material and be required to explore 'use of self' in an unfamiliar cultural context by way of a written assessment and group project/blogs. As a group, students will gain first hand experience working with an International Non Government Organisation (INGO), transferring knowledge acquired in class to a practice setting (Nb: communication will be remote with no field education component).

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Social Work major sequence

Students are able to (1) analyse the theoretical approaches to understanding development and translation into policy and action; (2) evaluate the geopolitical landscape, identifying social and economic factors impacting marginalised populations with emphasis on first nation peoples; (3) critically analyse the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Global Agenda pillars with respect to their implementation in various global contexts; (4) locate issues of ecojustice in their historical and cultural context Written assignment Test 5 demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on self in an unfamiliar cultural context; and (5) apply social work ethical principles to guide professional behaviour and practice.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assignment; (2) test; and (3) professional behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH017 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
and Successful completion of
48 points
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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.