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HSW452 - Working in Uncertainty: Social Work Theory and Practice H

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: CBD*, Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)

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

This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (H330)

Unit chair:

Selma Macfarlane

Campus contact:

Waterfront (Geelong): Di Ashworth

Prerequisite:Completion of all Social Work core units from levels 1-3. (HSW314 as a prerequisite may be waived due to substantial relevant human service workplace experience as negotiated with the unit chair.)


Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus students: 2 hours per week


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


This unit aims to help graduating students develop a vision of the professional social work role and identity within contexts of change (at local, national and international levels) and uncertainty. What challenges currently face social work, and how can we work proactively within changing contexts of practice? Topics include: globalisation; the professions in context (professional identity, managerialism, case management, industrial issues); technological developments and their effects on practice; post-colonialism and social movements (human rights, identity politics, work with migrants/refugees); social development and international social work; diversity and inclusivity; citizenship and the nature of community; ethics; lifelong learning and the contemporary professional; envisioning contemporary social work in uncertainty.


Assessment task 1: short written assignment (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: written assignment (2500 words) 60%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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