SOCIAL WORK IN A POLITICAL CONTEXT

SWP1PC

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will examine the notion that " social work is a political activity" through the exploration of political contexts in which social work practice takes place and the role of the profession in contributing to political and social change. You will explore Australia's system of government and consider the influence of legislation and public policy on contemporary Australian society, which provides important foundational knowledge for future subjects. The social welfare system will be examined as a key example of the political context, with implications for human service organisations, social workers, service users and the wider community. You will compare Australia's social welfare system with those operating in other countries and consider the influence of political ideologies on these differences and on broader trends in welfare policies. You will apply learning from the subject to a contemporary political issue and consider this issue from the perspective of social work values including a commitment to progressive social change, human rights and social justice.

SchoolAllied Heath, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMaureen Long

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

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Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Readings

Australia's welfare wars: the players, the politics and the ideologies

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorMendes, P.

Year2017

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PublisherSydney: UNSW Press

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Engaging with social work: A critical introduction

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMorley, C., Ablett, P., Macfarlane, S.

Year2019

Edition/Volume2nd ed

PublisherPort Melbourne: Cambridge

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Discuss information, ideas and concepts relating to the political, structural and environmental context of social work practice
02. Identify key features and functions of Australia's system of government.
03. Explain key differences between political ideologies and relational worldviews.
04. Describe and compare Australia's system of social welfare and social policy to those in other countries.
05. Describe social work values and social justice perspectives to inform discussion of contemporary political issues and how these connect to social change.
06. Discuss basic research and communication skills appropriate to social work.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaureen Long

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 1.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Students are required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Three 20 minute quizzes (1000 words equivalent)Uploaded to LMS. Weekly quizzes with best three results contributing to grade

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2

Group verbal presentation 10 minutes per member (1000 words per member)Uploaded to LMS

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO3, SILO4, SILO6

1750 word essayUploaded to LMS. Essay will discuss a contemporary political issue

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO5, SILO6

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDianne Cox

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 1.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Students are required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Three 20 minute quizzes (1000 words equivalent)Uploaded to LMS. Weekly quizzes with best three results contributing to grade

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2

Group verbal presentation 10 minutes per member (1000 words per member)Uploaded to LMS

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO3, SILO4, SILO6

1750 word essayUploaded to LMS. Essay will discuss a contemporary political issue

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO5, SILO6

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaureen Long

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 1.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Students are required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Three 20 minute quizzes (1000 words equivalent)Uploaded to LMS. Weekly quizzes with best three results contributing to grade

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2

Group verbal presentation 10 minutes per member (1000 words per member)Uploaded to LMS

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO3, SILO4, SILO6

1750 word essayUploaded to LMS. Essay will discuss a contemporary political issue

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO5, SILO6

Mildura, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSean MacDermott

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 1.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Students are required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Three 20 minute quizzes (1000 words equivalent)Uploaded to LMS. Weekly quizzes with best three results contributing to grade

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2

Group verbal presentation 10 minutes per member (1000 words per member)Uploaded to LMS

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO3, SILO4, SILO6

1750 word essayUploaded to LMS. Essay will discuss a contemporary political issue

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO5, SILO6

Shepparton, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCorina Modderman

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 1.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Students are required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Three 20 minute quizzes (1000 words equivalent)Uploaded to LMS. Weekly quizzes with best three results contributing to grade

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2

Group verbal presentation 10 minutes per member (1000 words per member)Uploaded to LMS

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO3, SILO4, SILO6

1750 word essayUploaded to LMS. Essay will discuss a contemporary political issue

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO5, SILO6