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HSW702 - Understanding Care and Risk

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Kim Robinson





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including five scheduled online seminars


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


Students will develop an awareness of how ‘care’ and ‘risk’ are conceptualised within theoretical, legal, social, policy and organisational contexts and their political and ethical consequences for social work practice. Students will appreciate that the idea of ‘the risk society’ reconceptualises more traditional ideas of ‘control’ in professional social work practice, and their consequences for ‘care’, ‘protection’ and social justice and recognise that ‘care’ and ‘risk’ are integrally related, and co-exist in all professional practice contexts.


Assessment task 1: Essay (1500 words) 35%

Assessment task 2: Report (2500 words) 55%

Assessment task 3: Cloud participation (approximately 1000 words) 10%

Prescribed texts

Morley, C., Macfarlane, S., and Ablett, P. (2014) Engaging with Social Work. A critical introduction. Cambridge University Press. Port Melbourne: Australia

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