WELF 7003 Contextualised Practice

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102394

Coordinator Margaret Hall Opens in new window

Description Social work practice is informed by, and negotiated through, policy, legislative and ethical frameworks. This unit focuses on how these frameworks influence and shape social work practice in Australia and provides an opportunity for students to critically reflect upon their power, responsibilities and obligations In this unit, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to advocate for marginalised and disadvantaged individuals and groups through activism and advocacy and, work for social justice change through reform of legislation and policy.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 1792 Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically analyse legislative and policy practices that both enhance and inhibit wellbeing at individual, family and community levels.
  2. Analyse aspects of state mental health, domestic violence and child protection legislation relevant to social work practice, including confidentiality, involuntary interventions and guardianship.
  3. Critically analyse different models of social policy making in Australia
  4. Analyse and integrate knowledge of and commitment to social work values and ethics to guide professional practice.
  5. Critically evaluate the application of advocacy skills in relation to legislative and policy frameworks and processes.

Subject Content

- legal frameworks for social work practice in Australia
- The policy process
- political institutions and policy making
- Legislative and policy practices that both enhance and inhibit wellbeing at individual, family and community levels.
Case studies:
child wellbeing and protection
mental health
family violence
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- ethics and social work practice
- Advocacy strategies using knowledge of Legislative and policy frameworks and processes

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Group Presentation: analysis of legislation relevant to social work practice in a chosen area 20 minutes 20 N Group
Reflection: how social work values and ethics guide have guided student's own professional practice placements 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Report: the relevance of applying advocacy skills in relation to legislative and policy frameworks and processes 2,000 words 50 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Bacchi, CL 2009, Analysing policy : what's the problem represented to be?, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, Australia.
  • Rice, S., Day, A. and Briskman, L. (ed) (2018) Social Work in the Shadow of the Law. 5th (ed). Annandale, NSW: The Federation Press.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta City - Macquarie St

Weekend

Subject Contact Hongjae Park Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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