SWSP5409 Applied Social Work Practices

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
The unit has an emphasis on consolidating learning from previous units in order for students to enter professional practice with relevant knowledge, skills and future professional development plans. This unit includes an analysis of knowledge and practice approaches that are commonly required for working in social work settings, such as poverty; homelessness; health and disability; substance misuse; gendered violence; sexual abuse; crime and offending; out of home care; caregiving; grief, loss and palliative care. A key overarching framework is trauma-informed social work viewed through an Indigenous cultural lens. Knowledge of intersectionality, the impact of inequalities on individuals and groups, partnership working, leadership, and working across disciplines are incorporated into the knowledge and practice learning. There is an explicit research-led and evidence-informed curriculum for this unit which allows students to focus on particular areas of interest. Assessments include two components of a research project which build on each other and allow the student to specialise in a practice and core curriculum outcome area of interest to them. The weekly blogs will relate to an ongoing case study which will touch on a broad variety of social work contexts.
Students are able to (1) analyse the evidence base for research and practice in a range of social work contexts; (2) examine key social and demographic trends in Australia which impact on contemporary social work services; and (3) explain at least one major area of practice applying evidence-informed perspectives and academic research methodology.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) annotated bibliography
; (2) research report; and (3) weekly blog. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephan Lund
Unit rules
SWSP5306 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges and Practices for Social Work
SWSP5630 Social Work Methods 1: Introduction to Psychosocial Theory
SWSP5301 Foundations of Social Work Thinking and Identity
SWSP5631 Social Work Methods 2: Theory for Practice - Working with People
SWSP5633 Social Work Methods 3: Evidence Based Practice-Counselling
SWSP5309 Field Education One: First Placement
SWSP5429 Field Education Two: Final Placement
SWSP5406 Social Work Methods 4: Consolidating Theory and Practice
SWSP5634 Social Work and Mental Health Practice
SWSP5632 Legal and Organisational Contexts for Social Work
Contact hours
3 hours per week x 12 weeks
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