SWSP5301 Social Work Knowledge, Theory and Values

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Social Work Knowledge, theory and Values primary focus is to start introducing social work students to the various dimensions, processes and debates involved in social work practice. Issues such as how to integrate and synthesise; content knowledge, legislative requirements, professional ethics, personal values and the working relationship will be examined.

Key objectives of the unit include:
- That students have a beginning understanding of the role of professional associations and the Code of Ethics that will guide their practice.
- Be familiar with, and able to engage in, informed debate about the value base and common assumptions that underpin the profession.
- Have a beginning understanding of some of the complex debate about methods, means and models that surround the profession.
- Be able to identify the complex, and sometimes apparently contradictory, value base of social work and other human services and to start to articulate this within the context of their own value base and ideology.
- Be able to identify and articulate how the role of a social worker may fit within the broader framework of human service delivery.
Students are able to (1) identify and articulate the attitudes and values important to social work; (2) demonstrate the capacity to critically reflect on social work theory and practice issues; (3) apply critical thinking skills to different issues, problems and dilemmas that confront social workers in the context of their daily practice; and (4) clearly and confidently communicate ideas in both written and verbally in group and class settings.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay paper; (2) test; and (3) professional behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephan Lund
Contact hours
3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-J-2A-2020]
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