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Unit Overview


This unit builds on Methods 1, Psychosocial Theories and Practice, & Methods 2, Relational Practices for Working with People and follows the use of case study learning. Methods 3 consolidates and builds on learning from these two units, and develops further student practice skills and knowledges for working with/in groups and communities. In particular, students will develop their developmental and participatory knowledge and skills for working with diverse groups and communities. Students will develop their group facilitation skills and identify many of the components of group work practice with small groups and larger community groups, including analysing the place of power in groups and facilitation and working with conflict. In this unit, students will identify appropriate areas for advocacy and activism.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Social Work major sequence

Students are able to (1) collaboratively develop and analyse a plan for action/change; (2) demonstrating group facilitation knowledges and skills; (3) demonstrate ability to identify the application of appropriate models in working with and in community; (4) apply a model in a practice scenario; and (5) examine professional practice principles as they apply to workplace and university professional behaviour.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) collaboratively identify and plan a change strategy in or with a group or community; (2) facilitate a small group; (3) apply a relevant community practice model to a selected issue in the case study; 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 rules
Enrolment in
BH017 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
and Successful completion of
and SWSP3001 Field Education 1: First Placement
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.