SWSP5631 Introduction to Social Work Methods

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit presents social work methods using an integrated approach to practice in diverse arenas by applying knowledge and skills appropriate to interpersonal, group and community settings along with their application in both general and particular contexts of practice. Students become familiar with the purposeful use of self, working systemically and thinking critically.
Students are able to (1) appraise the range of knowledge and skills informing different methods used in generic social work; (2) defend choice of assessment processes for appropriate application of these skills and knowledge; (3) evaluate how to apply the relevant skills and knowledges appropriately in different contexts; and (4) integrate the skills and knowledges used in personal, cultural and environmental settings.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group project; (2) psychosocial assessment; and (3) skills audit. 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 group project, psychosocial assessment, and skills audit components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Susan Young
Contact hours
72 contact hours.56 hours during the 27th of May to the 7th of June 2019. 6 hours during wk beginning the 15th of July 2019 & 6 hours during the wk beginning the 19th of August 2019. 4 hours the wk beginning the 16th of September 2019. Interactive lectures and workshops.
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.
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