HSW709 - Practicing Social Work with Communities and Groups


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online with significant campus requirements (see in-person attendance requirements)

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


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities.

In-person attendance requirements

All students must attend a compulsory 2 day intensive at the Geelong Waterfront Campus at which core practical learning requirements will be taught.

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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 2 day intensive (practical experience workshop) held during trimester at Waterfront Campus 

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