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  • You are a student who is currently offshore and unable to enter Australia.
  • You are a student in Australia who is impacted by state or regional border closures.

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SWSP5429 Field Education 2: Final Placement

18 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), human services agencies in PerthFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), human services agencies in PerthFace to face
The final placement serves three purposes. It provides students with an opportunity to build on and extend the professional knowledge and skills acquired on the first placement and to apply and 'test out' subsequent theoretical and reflective learning in the University, thus allowing for the application of learning. It also provides a longer period for agency based learning, thus facilitating greater depth for learning. Finally, it offers students a contrasting practice setting, allowing them to transfer their learning across client populations, problem circumstances and organisational environments. This process facilitates the development of professional identity based on an understanding of the 'universals' of practice. The placement is for 560 hours - full-time for 16 weeks or part-time for 23-24 weeks and includes compulsory attendance at the orientation day and integration days. A critical reflection and Learning Development Agreement are completed by each student on placement.
Students are able to (1) apply social work knowledge and values across different fields of practice in order to address inequalities; (2) analyse the application of critical reflective skills and ethical decision making in social work practice; (3) apply appropriate social work theories and change strategies within different organisational and policy contexts; (4) analyse social, political, economic, historical, cultural and ecological systems and their impact on social inequality, vulnerability and trauma; (5) demonstrate the ability to undertake a range of assessments and interventions; (6) demonstrate the ability to utilise research findings to inform practice and social policy; (7) demonstrate competent interpersonal, advocacy and written communications skills with a diverse range of people and groups in a range of applications; (8) demonstrate the understanding and application of cultural knowledge sensitivity practice; and (9) critique own learning needs and engage in critical reflection of practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) placement appraisal; (2) written assignment; and (3) 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 placement appraisal and professional behaviour assessment components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Trish Langdon
Unit rules
SWSP5301 Foundations of Social Work Thinking and Identity
SWSP5630 Social Work Methods 1: Introduction to Psychosocial Theory
SWSP5306 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges and Practices for Social Work
SWSP5309 Field Education One: First Placement
SWSP5631 Social Work Methods 2: Theory for Practice - Working with People
SWSP5633 Social Work Methods 3: Evidenced Based Practice-Counselling
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Department of Education Criminal Clearance (estimated cost - $35)
(2) Optional rural placement travel costs (estimated cost - $35).
Contact hours
550 hours x 16 weeks full-time
This unit does not fall into the standard University semesters and thus has non-standard withdrawal and census deadlines. Contact Student Administration for more information. Students are required to travel as part of their field placement. This is a 16 weeks 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.