HSW709 - Practicing Social Work with Communities and Groups


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online) with significant campus requirements (see scheduled learning activities), CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H703 - Master of Social Work




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities.

In-person attendance requirements

Students must attend and participate in a 3 day workshop intensive at Waterfront (Geelong) - dates to be advised.


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


Humans flourish in healthy and supportive groups and communities. Developing communities and facilitating groups are important methods of social work practice, having significant roles in international, government, non- government, volunteer and for-profit sectors. To practice social work, you will need a critical understanding of theoretical and practical developments in, and approaches to, group work and community development. This unit introduces you to group work processes, including differences in types and styles of participation and leadership, especially as they relate to community level practice. Drawing on the literature, you will critically examine the context, theoretical perspectives, concepts and processes of community development and group work. Through collaborative, experiential tasks, and case study analyses, you will develop skills in group work and community development using a critical practice framework. The aim of the unit is to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills for critically-informed group work and community development in a range of social work settings.

Hurdle requirement

  • Attendance at a 3 day workshop held during trimester at Waterfront Campus 

Please click here to view intensive dates and locations.

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