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HSW402 - Critical Approaches to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice G

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)^ with significant campus requirements, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Unit chair:

Angela Daddow


HSW313 and HSW314



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 3 hour class per week. Campus students are expected to attend 9 out of the 11 scheduled classes.

Cloud (online): 11 x 30 minute content videos (available on newsfeed on unit site in Deakin Sync) and 3 x 1 hour online seminars.

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.

^Compulsory one day seminar on Friday 28 April 2017.


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


This unit aims to develop students' generic skills and practice theories for ongoing professional development in the workplace. It takes a critical reflective approach and explores what some of the newer developments in social theory (feminism, critical postmodernism) offer in drawing up frameworks and strategies for critical practice. The unit also aims to assist students to develop ways of dealing with complex settings and issues, and to develop a process and framework for continuing learning from their own practice. Students will be asked to discuss critical incidents from their own practice experience to explore their own processes of theory/practice development.


Assessment task 1: Guided written reflection (to be presented to peers) (1000 words) 30%

Assessment task 2: Essay (2500 words) 60%

Assessment task 3: Participation in class activities and written reflection on group process (max 500 words) 10%


Hurdle requirement - Cloud (online) students only

Attendance at a 1 day seminar held during trimester at Waterfront (Geelong) campus - date to be advised

Prescribed texts

Fook, J 2016, Social Work: A critical approach to practice. 3rd Edition. London: SAGE

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