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HSW703 - Becoming a Social Worker

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online) with significant campus requirements (see Contact hours), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Sophie Goldingay





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Online independent and collaborative learning experiences. Students must attend and participate in a 2 day workshop at Waterfront (Geelong) - dates to be advised.


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


This unit will provide students with an opportunity to learn about micro-skills and models for practice along with a range of accompanying theoretical perspectives. These perspectives will include crisis theory and anti-oppressive practice, systems theory and strengths-based practice. The unit will include a case study approach throughout the trimester, where students engage with client/family scenarios that involve development of direct practice, group work and family work skills.


Assessment task 1: Group project presentation online, accompanied by individual written reflection 45%

Assessment task 2: Case scenario video (15 minutes) and micro skill and theoretical analysis (1500 words) 45%

Assessment task 3: Formative peer assessment 10%


Hurdle requirement

Attendance at a 2 day seminar held during trimester at Waterfront Campus - dates to be advised

Prescribed texts

Healy, K 2014, Social work theories in context: Creating frameworks for practice 2nd Edition. Palgrave Macmillan, NY

Maidment, J & Egan, R 2016, Practice skills in social work and welfare: More than just common sense. Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest

Unit Fee Information

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