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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

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; (3) explain at least one major area of practice applying evidence-informed perspectives and academic research methodology; and (4) develop a professional practice framework taking into account key academic and workplace professional behaviour and practice principles.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) annotated bibliography

; (2) research report; (3) weekly blog; 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 Coordinator(s)
Dr Daniel Doh
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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  • 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.