UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT

SWP3UIO

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students explore the impact of organisational contexts on social work practice. They analyse the structure and dynamics of 21st century organisations and the role human service organisations take in implementing social policies. Students are introduced to the changing organisational context in which social workers are employed. Students identify how to work effectively in and alongside organisations. Partnerships and collaborations between organisations and the impact of these arrangements on practice are addressed. Students examine organisational cultures, change and the role of clients in organisations. Effective leadership in organisations and the role of supervision for learning and accountability are emphasised.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLynne McPherson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed all subjects from (SWP2IPP). Must be enrolled in HZSK, HZSKB, HZSKW, HZSKM (BHS&MSW). All others require coordinators approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsOrganizations and management in social work,PrescribedHughes, M. & Wearing, M. 2013LONDON:SAGE
ReadingsProfessional practice in human service organizations,RecommendedMcDonald, C., Craig, C., Hawkins, L. & Williams, J. 2011ALLEN & UNWIN

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the key features of organisations including structure, mission and purpose and discuss relevant organisational theories including those related to bureaucracy

Activities:
On line activities and workshop participation

02. Demonstrate an increased knowledge of the role of social workers in different organisational contexts, and understand the impact of the organisation on social work practice, from a critical and reflective perspective.

Activities:
On line activities and workshop participation

03. Understand how organisational policies, ideologies, structure and culture impact upon service delivery, analysing tensions between organisational imperatives and social work practice

Activities:
On line activities and workshop participation

04. Understand the governance of organisations and the roles of each of the stakeholders, including the role of Boards of Management and governance in government organisations

Activities:
On line activities and workshop participation

05. Have an appreciation of clients experience in obtaining services from organisations and identify strategies for effective social work practice in organisations, at the micro, mezzo and macro practice levels, including social work supervision.

Activities:
On line activities and workshop participation

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGuinever Threlkeld

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 hours evidence based learning per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"10 1-hour teacher guided learning packages which include online and in-class activities."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshops run for 10-weeks over the semester."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word individual reflective journal35 01, 02, 03
one group presentation and reflection (equivalent to 25 mins) of an organisational analysis15 03, 04, 05
two 1-hour tests50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatasha Long

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 hours evidence based learning per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"12 1-hour teacher guided learning packages which include online and in-class activities."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshops run for 10-weeks over the semester."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word individual reflective journal35 01, 02, 03
one group presentation and reflection (equivalent to 25 mins) of an organisational analysis15 03, 04, 05
two 1-hour tests50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLynne McPherson

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 hours evidence based learning per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"12 1-hour teacher guided learning packages which include online and in-class activities."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshops run for 10-weeks over the semester."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word individual reflective journal35 01, 02, 03
one group presentation and reflection (equivalent to 25 mins) of an organisational analysis15 03, 04, 05
two 1-hour tests50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Mildura, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLynne McPherson

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshops run for 10-weeks over the semester."

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 hours evidence based learning per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"12 1-hour teacher guided learning packages which include online and in-class activities."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word individual reflective journal35 01, 02, 03
one group presentation and reflection (equivalent to 25 mins) of an organisational analysis15 03, 04, 05
two 1-hour tests50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05