SWSP5406 Policy and Community

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit address the nature of change and appropriate responses to the social policy and community environments in which social workers practice and encourages them to apply counter-oppressive principles in their developmental work. Students work in groups to cement their collaborative skills and design strategies to assist in linking individual needs with social and public issues.
Students are able to (1) articulate theory for practice as change agents particularly in social policy and community environments; (2) develop appropriate collaborative change strategy designs in social policy and community practice settings; and (3) incorporate counter-oppressive processes in their developmental strategies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay—framework for theorising own practice and (2) group project—planning exercise. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Susan Young
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
SWSP5429 Field Education 2: Final Placement (formerly SWSP8429 Field Education 2: Final Placement), SWSP5306 Indigenous People and Social Work, SWSP5630 Introduction to Psychosocial Theory (formerly SWSP5630 Developmental Practice), SWSP5301 Social Work Knowledge, Theory and Values
SWSP5631 Introduction to Social Work Methods
Contact hours
3 hrs per week
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