HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW AND ETHICS IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

SWP4LHE

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will expand your knowledge base in the legal context of Australian social work practice and how human rights and ethical principles guide social work practice. Professional competency will be developed by applying ethical decision-making models to case studies by observing real courts or tribunals. Case studies will address issues of diversity and complexity in our society and guidance will be given on how to make decisions that conform to ethical, legal and professional requirements while respecting clients and their rights.

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNatasha Long

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted into one of the following courses: HZSK OR HZSKB OR HZSKW OR HZSKM OR HZSKP AND must have passed SWP3UIO OR Students must be admitted in one the following courses: HMSK OR HMSKB OR HMSKW OR HMSKM OR HBCSVB OR HBCSVD OR HBCSVS OR HBCSVM OR HBCSVW OR HBCSV OR HBCSV OR HBCSW OR HBCSS OR HBCSM OR HBCSD OR HBCSB OR HBCS AND no other prerequisite rule applies

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAASW Code of ethicsPrescribedAASW 2010AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS LTD, AUSTRALIA
ReadingsPractice standardsPrescribedAASW 2013AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS LTD, AUSTRALIA
ReadingsIn the Shadow of the Law: the Legal Context of Social Work Practice, 3rd EdPrescribedRice, S & Day, A (Eds. - 4th Ed. - 2014)FEDERATION PRESS, NSW
ReadingsLatrobe Library - Digital Libguide - SWP4LHE:Human Rights Law and Ethics in Social WorkPrescribedLatrobe LibraryLATROBE LIBRARY
ReadingsThe Law Handbook (2020)RecommendedFitzroy Legal Service (2020)FITZROY LEGAL SERVICE. FITZROY.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically analyse how human rights are addressed in social work practice.

Activities:
1- Review of actual practice situations depicted in on-line DVD material and answer related questions. Subsequently more in depth analysis and class discussion is undertaken of case related material in weekly group discussions. Complete weekly on-line Quiz. 2 - Introductory reading material outlining actual human rights cases is provided in recommended reading along with contemporary on-line legal cases revealing relevant legal principles. 3 - Weekly lectures provide outline of key human rights concepts and legal principles

02. Analyse the impact of the law on social work practice and the role and responsibilities of social work practitioners using a conceptual framework.

Activities:
1- Review of actual practice situations depicted in on-line DVD material and answer related questions. Subsequently more in depth analysis and class discussion is undertaken of case related material in weekly group discussions. .Complete weekly on-line Quiz. 2- Attend dedicated Library tutorial introducing students to digital legal databases and specially designed subject Libguide - SWP4LHE 3 - Students to form small groups and attend Live Court and Tribunal hearings and presents findings in small tutorial discussions 4 - Introductory reading material provided in recommended reading along with contemporary on-line legal cases revealing relevant legal principles. 5 - Weekly lectures provide outline of key human rights concepts and legal principles

03. Evaluate case materials by the application of an ethical decision-making framework.

Activities:
1- Review of actual practice situations depicting ethical issues in on-line DVD material and answer related questions. Subsequently more in depth analysis and class discussion is undertaken of case related material in weekly group discussions. 2 - Introductory reading material outlining actual ethical cases is provided in recommended reading along with contemporary on-line ethical cases revealing relevant ethical principles. 3 - Weekly lectures provide outline of key ethical concepts and principles

04. Critically analyse conflicts between competing legal, ethical and human rights principles and their impact on social workers and their practice.

Activities:
1- Review of actual practice situations depicted in on-line DVD material and answer related questions. Subsequently more in depth analysis and class discussion is undertaken of case related material in weekly group discussions. .Complete weekly on-line Quiz. 2 - Introductory reading material outlining actual ethical cases is provided in recommended reading along with contemporary on-line cases revealing relevant human rights, legal and ethical principles. 3 - Weekly lectures provide outline of key human rights, legal and ethical concepts and principles

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarran Stonehouse

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Students required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4 x 15 minute on-line quizzes (equivalent to 250 words per quiz)Four quizzes at key points during semester20 01, 02, 03, 04
1500 word individual written assessmentIt is mandatory requirement of this subject that students observe one court or tribunal hearing as they are required to analyse court proceedings through observation of 'real life' legal matters. Analysis of court proceedings plus linking issues of access to justice as per the Justice report30 01, 02, 03, 04
2750 word written report comprising 750 word plan and 2000 word report 750 word report provides plan for the final assessment that links relevant legislation, relevant sections from Code of Ethics and relevant Human Rights (10%). 2000 word report explores case study and focuses on ethical decision making (40%)50 01, 02, 03, 04

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNatasha Long

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Students required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4 x 15 minute on-line quizzes (equivalent to 250 words per quiz)Four quizzes at key points during semester20 01, 02, 03, 04
1500 word individual written assessmentIt is mandatory requirement of this subject that students observe one court or tribunal hearing as they are required to analyse court proceedings through observation of 'real life' legal matters. Analysis of court proceedings plus linking issues of access to justice as per the Justice report30 01, 02, 03, 04
2750 word written report comprising 750 word plan and 2000 word report 750 word report provides plan for the final assessment that links relevant legislation, relevant sections from Code of Ethics and relevant Human Rights (10%). 2000 word report explores case study and focuses on ethical decision making (40%)50 01, 02, 03, 04

Dandenong, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrue Atkins

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Students required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4 x 15 minute on-line quizzes (equivalent to 250 words per quiz)Four quizzes at key points during semester20 01, 02, 03, 04
1500 word individual written assessmentIt is mandatory requirement of this subject that students observe one court or tribunal hearing as they are required to analyse court proceedings through observation of 'real life' legal matters. Analysis of court proceedings plus linking issues of access to justice as per the Justice report30 01, 02, 03, 04
2750 word written report comprising 750 word plan and 2000 word report 750 word report provides plan for the final assessment that links relevant legislation, relevant sections from Code of Ethics and relevant Human Rights (10%). 2000 word report explores case study and focuses on ethical decision making (40%)50 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrue Atkins

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Students required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4 x 15 minute on-line quizzes (equivalent to 250 words per quiz)Four quizzes at key points during semester20 01, 02, 03, 04
1500 word individual written assessmentIt is mandatory requirement of this subject that students observe one court or tribunal hearing as they are required to analyse court proceedings through observation of 'real life' legal matters. Analysis of court proceedings plus linking issues of access to justice as per the Justice report30 01, 02, 03, 04
2750 word written report comprising 750 word plan and 2000 word report 750 word report provides plan for the final assessment that links relevant legislation, relevant sections from Code of Ethics and relevant Human Rights (10%). 2000 word report explores case study and focuses on ethical decision making (40%)50 01, 02, 03, 04

Mildura, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSean MacDermott

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Students required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4 x 15 minute on-line quizzes (equivalent to 250 words per quiz)Four quizzes at key points during semester20 01, 02, 03, 04
1500 word individual written assessmentIt is mandatory requirement of this subject that students observe one court or tribunal hearing as they are required to analyse court proceedings through observation of 'real life' legal matters. Analysis of court proceedings plus linking issues of access to justice as per the Justice report30 01, 02, 03, 04
2750 word written report comprising 750 word plan and 2000 word report 750 word report provides plan for the final assessment that links relevant legislation, relevant sections from Code of Ethics and relevant Human Rights (10%). 2000 word report explores case study and focuses on ethical decision making (40%)50 01, 02, 03, 04

Shepparton, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrue Atkins

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Students required to complete a range of online activities and reading prior to attending weekly workshops."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4 x 15 minute on-line quizzes (equivalent to 250 words per quiz)Four quizzes at key points during semester20 01, 02, 03, 04
1500 word individual written assessmentIt is mandatory requirement of this subject that students observe one court or tribunal hearing as they are required to analyse court proceedings through observation of 'real life' legal matters. Analysis of court proceedings plus linking issues of access to justice as per the Justice report30 01, 02, 03, 04
2750 word written report comprising 750 word plan and 2000 word report 750 word report provides plan for the final assessment that links relevant legislation, relevant sections from Code of Ethics and relevant Human Rights (10%). 2000 word report explores case study and focuses on ethical decision making (40%)50 01, 02, 03, 04