Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will draw upon the skills and knowledge developed during your course so far. You will critique the role of community work in promoting effective practice across diverse settings. This will be applied and contextualized through family violence, a key issue confronting Australian society across service sectors .Within this area of practice, you will expand your knowledge of social justice, human rights, and ethical decision making. You will review the shifts in perceptions of, and responses to, asocial problem; explore differing conceptual and operational definitions of family violence over time; and apply interpretations from across the sector and legislative jurisdictions. You will be assisted to consolidate knowledge and skills to develop strategies at both individual and community level. You will reflect on your emerging professional identity as you embark upon independent practice as future agents of change.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMaureen Long

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesYou will undertake a range of learning activities including workshops, reading of key materials, quizzes, and written works. These are collectively designed to achieve and assess your performance in alignment with the subject’s intended learning outcomes. You will receive timely feedback (formal and informal) about your performance on these activities.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Social work and domestic violence: Developing critical and reflective practice

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorLaing, L., & Humphreys, C



PublisherLondon: Sage.


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse the challenges inherent to community service practice and critically and creatively respond within changing practice environments
02. Investigate and review the impact of current Australian legislative and policy frameworks designed to address social phenomenon
03. Articulate the knowledge and skills required for family violence practice and apply across diverse cultural and social groupings
04. Align knowledge, skills and values of community work practice required for social action
05. Design innovative approaches to building community awareness across key areas of community service practice

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Dandenong (Chisholm Institute), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaureen Long

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 1.00 hour 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 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 30 minute quiz (500 words equivalent). 

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

2000 word assignment. To be submitted to Turnitin via LMS. 

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Group advertising campaign written piece (1500 words equivalent per student)

N/AOtherGroupNo30 SILO2, SILO5