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HSW219 - Self and Society

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)^ with significant campus requirements, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Selma Macfarlane





Incompatible with: HSW112
Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities.

IKE (CBD): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including fortnightly online workshops, as per Cloud (online) students' scheduled learning commitments. Students must also attend and participate in 2 x 5 day (10 days) intensives at the Institute of Koorie Education, Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Campus.

^Students must attend and participate in a 1 day workshop at Waterfront (Geelong) - date to be advised.


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery

^Cloud (online) students are expected to attend a one day seminar at Waterfront (Geelong)


This unit provides an overview of theories about the social construction of the self from a critical social work perspective. It will ground these theories in an analysis of human development across the life course in the context of the major social divisions in society. More specifically, the unit explores: agency-structure debates and the role of subjectivity in shaping the self; theories of human and family development across the lifespan, including the social construction of childhood; the self as both a relational and autonomous being; contributions from humanism, feminism, psychoanalysis and postmodern thinking to developing an understanding of the self; and the role of privilege and oppression in shaping the individual.


Assessment task 1: Three reflective journals (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (2000 words) 50%

Assessment task 3: Participation 10%


Hurdle requirement - Cloud (online) students only

Attendance at a 1 day seminar held during trimester at Waterfront (Geelong) campus

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