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Unit Overview


This unit has the same content as SWSP5632 Organisational Practice and Law except for the two hours per week devoted to research methods. It is intended for Master of Social Work students who are planning to enrol in the dissertation the following year.

The major goal of this unit is to introduce students to ideas and concepts that will assist them to understand the agency context in which they practice and to work effectively as professional workers in organisations. The unit is also designed to explore the environment in which the social worker and the lawyer operate. It is expected to give social work students an overview of the sources of law, the fundamentals of its operational systems, and how the operation of the law limits and constrains what can be done by both social workers and lawyers. Additionally, the unit introduces research methods to students intending to enrol in the Social Work Dissertation in 2018. As such seminars are offered to prepare students for their dissertation planning and implementation.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand and articulate for practice the theoretical, philosophical and contextual influences on social work and legal practice in human services organisations; (2) identify appropriate roles for themselves as practitioners in multidisciplinary settings, including management, supervision and leadership in human services organisations; (3) critically evaluate the boundaries between social work and legal practice; (4) develop the ability to apply these understandings and skills to human services organisational settings; and (5) explore and understand research methods within these contexts.


Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Susan Young
Contact hours
9 hours per week for 6 weeks
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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  • 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.